Qualcomm calls the Toshiba TG01 the first Smartbook

toshibaGIn an interview with Mobinnaute Jean-Varaldi,  Senior Director of Marketing and Business Development at Qualcomm called the Tosbia TG01 the first of their new class of Qualcomm defined devices, the Smartbook.

Says Varaldi:

“This platform is mounted between the mobile world and the computer world. It team a new category of products that we call "SmartBook"…. The last equipped Toshiba TG01 SnapDragon is actually one of the first devices marketed with this technology… The idea is to bring the power of a Notebook but to have a device connected to internet permanently as a Smartphone. He stays always on so no need to restart his machine to receive her emails. It is possible to read and receive real-time via Push technology.”

Talking about the category in general, he said:

“They may arise in various forms and there will be several segments (Gaming, Multimedia, network, Office, email etc.). We will see the high and low range in sizes ranging from 7 to 11 inches screen. 15 players are working actively on this platform to offer innovative products. After the TG01 others will be marketed end 2009 early 2010. “

Regarding the OS these devices will run on, this did not seem to be very important to Qualcomm.

“The more often it will be hidden. Manufacturers will offer more their interface as in smartphones. Multiple constructors are under development. They belong to 3 categories manufacturers: Telecoms (Samsung, HTC, etc.), information technology (Acer, HP, Toshiba,…) and the ODM’s(Foxconn, Compal,…). “

He notes a price target of 500-600 Euro, which is far from encouraging in terms of mass adoption of the platform. Despite being significantly more expensive than a netbook, Viraldi feels the chipset will form a serious challenge to Intel’s Atom range, due to the blurring of functionality and features between the very different devices, and the inherent advantages Qualcomm has as a smartphone maker in achieving good connectivity and battery life.

Read the full Mobinnate interview here.

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