Wednesday, December 30, 2009

'Smartbooks' Latest to Join Crowded Computer Market

Companies gambling that they can shake up the portable- computer market plan to lay some cards on the table in Las Vegas next week.

The 2010 Consumer Electronics Show will be a coming-out party for a new breed of ultra-small laptops that act more like smart phones—designed to be always on and connected to the Internet via 3G cellular networks, ready to call up a Web page or post an update on Twitter.

Promoters of the new devices have been pushing the term "smartbooks," partly to distinguish them from the low-end portables called netbooks that have been the hottest thing in the PC industry over the past two years.

But there are unanswered questions about features and pricing for the new hardware, leaving the possibility that consumers could get confused with existing netbooks.

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