In 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.
â€œThis platform is mounted between the mobile world and the computer world. It team a new category of products that we call "SmartBook"â€¦. The last equipped Toshiba TG01 SnapDragon is actually one of the first devices marketed with this technologyâ€¦ 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.â€
Talking about the category in general, he said:
â€œThey 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. â€œ
Regarding the OS these devices will run on, this did not seem to be very important to Qualcomm.
â€œThe 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 ODMâ€™s(Foxconn, Compal,…). â€œ
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 Intelâ€™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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