LONDON Mobile phone service provider AT&T is going to supply customers with the first ARM-based netbook, according to Paul Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm Inc. (San Diego, Calif.). Jacobs showed the Lenovo-made device to attendees at the company's investor day in New York Thursday (Nov. 12) and the demonstration is viewable over the investor relations webcast.
Qualcomm calls such devices smartbooks and Jacobs showed off a thin "always-on" red computer made by Lenovo that is based around Qualcomm's Snapdragon, ARM-based microprocessor.
Jacobs said it had similar thickness to his Palm Pre but did not quantify the battery life of the machine, saying the unit would formally launch at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January 2010.
"This is the first ARM smartbook out there in the market, right now," Jacobs said, before thanking Lenovo for support. Jacobs stressed to the audience that the Snapdragon and ARM now support Flash 10 in high-definition resolution. Jacobs also emphasized Qualcomm's general support for Windows Mobile, Symbian, Linux and Android.
"One of the things that some of our competitors have been saying is that you couldn't get the full Internet experience on ARM, because we didn't have Flash [video]. That's wrong because we have flash," Jacobs said. "We've worked with Abobe. This has a full Flash 10 implementation on it the first Flash 10 implementation on ARM. It also runs in HD resolution despite the claims of some of our competitors that we didn't support HD."
Jacobs then provided a commentary to a YouTube video running on the Lenovo machine before adding. "This is also going to be launched on AT&T so it already has a carrier that is backing it."
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