Lenovo, the world’s fourth-largest personal computer maker, was banking on one category in particular: so-called "smartbooks," which are meant to combine the constant Internet connectivity and long battery life of a smart phone with the classic shape and keyboard of a laptop.
The news is that this will not be released until July. Reports are that it is being seriously revamped since the Apple iPad hit the market. Apparently the Skylight will stay on schedule for markets outside the US – which means it will come out in May – but in the US it looks as if it will be July at the earlier.
The Ottawa Citizen newspaper reported Wednesday that Dell, HP and several other computer-makers also are scrambling to catch up with Apple’s highly hyped and favorably reviewed iPad.
Liu Chuanzhi, chairman of the Lenovo Group and the world’s No. 4 PC maker, told the China Daily last month that the combination cellphone and laptop device would be launched in April. The mobile device “could replace the major function of computers,” Liu said.
LocalTechWire reports the new phone/laptop combination fits in with a strategy at Lenovo, the world’s No. 4 PC-maker, that puts more emphasis on the mobile Internet market.