Lenovo, Toshiba Smitten with Smartbooks

Paul Lilly

Tablets and netbooks and smartphones, oh my! And let's not forget notebooks, ultra-thins, and desktop replacements. It's enough to make Dorothy's head spin, but apparently not enough to hold the attention of Lenovo and Toshiba, both of which will add new smartbooks to the mix of portable devices.

Toshiba will kick things off with a smartbook under its Dynabook branding by the end of August. Toshiba will wrap Google's Android platform around Nvidia's Tegra 250 processor to power the 10.1-inch display. Units will first appear in Japan and then spread out to Europe, the Middle-East, and Africa.

Lenovo, which already outed a pair of upcoming smartbooks -- the Skylight and IdeaPad U1 Hybrid -- announced plans to upgrade each one's specs. Gone is the 1GHz single-core Qualcomm processor, to be replaced with Qualcomm's new dual-core 1.5GHz chips. Lenovo is also swapping out the OS in favor of Android. With these changes in place, look for Lenovo to ship both models by the end of the year.

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