Lenovo postpones debut of Skylight smartbook

Lenovo has delayed the launch of its Skylight smartbook until July to ensure the Linux-based device operates smoothly and has online content available. The initial release date scheduled for this month has been pushed back with a phased roll out in China and other emerging markets expected first an

Lenovo has delayed the launch of its Skylight smartbook until July to ensure the Linux-based device operates smoothly and has online content available.

The initial release date scheduled for this month has been pushed back with a phased roll out in China and other emerging markets expected first and in Europe during the early summer.

A spokesman at Lenovo insisted there were no specific technical or production issues pertaining to the device that had been discovered.

"Skylight is based on a Linux platform so we want to ensure it works properly and there are no bugs. We are spending a few extra months to make sure it's right...and do not ship prematurely," he said.

Although based on the same principle as the iPad - application content delivered directly from the Internet - Skylight is more similar to a notebook in style than the Apple device.

The early signs indicated that Lenovo had under-estimated demand said the spokesman and it was increasing forecasts in certain parts of the world, particularly developing economies, but had capacity to raise production.

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