Looks like Qualcomm’s IQ 2010 is already full of punchy headlines after CEO Paul Jacobs admitting during the open keynote that tablets such as thehad already occupied the niche they expected smartbooks to. Jacobs described tablets like the iPad as delivering the concept of “always-on, all-day devices” that smartbooks had initially promised.
To be fair Qualcomm makes it money through Silicon sales so the 1.5 GHz Snapdragon chip will simply make its way in tablets rather then Smartbooks. If the price point of these keyboard equipped all day computing devices had come out at their original price point of $200 we probably would have seen higher demand. As the market focuses on and leaves the traditional keyboard form factor by the way side, I have to wonder if we are going to be less productive on the road or if Apps can really fill the void of solid data entry.