Disclaimer: Before I begin, let me just say that the unit that I had is a prototype. And like all prototype, the performance is not at it’s optimum. Things that you see here might also change when it is released for retail.
I got to try out the Lenovo Skylight for a few days. I must say that the Skylight is an interesting product category. I don’t think it can be considered a netbook. The Lenovo Skylight is running a 1Ghz Snapdragon processor. Yes, that’s the same processor in some smartphones like Nexus One. Lenovo classified the Skylight as smartbook. Which I guess is somewhere between the Smart Phone and Netbook category. Hmmm….
The Skylight is very sleek and lightweight. 10.1 inch screen, 25.3 x 20.11mm x 1.72-1.89 cm and weighs less than 907 grams. Despite the size, the keyboard and touchpad is not compromised. In fact, the full size keyboard is pretty comfortable to type with. The size of the touchpad is pretty generous. There is no physical buttons for the touchpad. You press down the touchpad for left and right click. Personally, I would prefer physical buttons for the touchpad.
The Lenovo Skylight is running Lenovo’s Skylight operating system which is built on top of a Linux kernel. The operating system is fairly easy to use. The Lenovo Skylight comes with more than 18 preloaded web gadgets like Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Google Calendar, Amazon MP3, Roxio CinemaNow, dropbox and more. There is even a instant messenger too. Cool. The specs says it comes with 2 GB of cloud storage. Not sure if it applies to countries outside US.
Although the Lenovo Skylight can multi-task, I notice that the machine starts to lag when I have more than 9 applications opened in the background. Well, it is after all a 1Ghz Snapdragon processor. And why would you need to multi-task so many applications? The Lenovo Skylight can play Flash. But the prototype unit that I got didn’t play YouTube video well. I guess Lenovo will have to fix that before launching the Skylight.
Storage is pretty interesting. The Lenovo Skylight’s 4gb storage is on a USB stick. All data are stored in the USB Stick. You can remove the USB Stick even when the Skylight is running. Fast and easy way to transfer the data to the desktop or laptop next to you. One thing strange is that the USB Stick is pretty huge. From what I understand, it is to cater for an optional phone for internet call. Anyway, the USB Stick is tuck nicely above the keyboard.
One good thing about the Lenovo Skylight is the built in 3G SIM Card slot. Which is quite useful since I think the Skylight user will be connected to the cloud most of the time. The published battery life of the Skylight is 10 hours but I guess this is not with 3G usage. As we all know, 3G does drain battery. The battery is non-user replaceable. Oh, did I mention that there is a HDMI port?
The Lenovo Skylight is certainly an interesting product. I don’t have the pricing and expected launch date for Singapore yet. But I guess the pricing of the Lenovo Skylight would play a key role in it’s success. *Wink*