I just love the form factor, weight and battery life of the current Smartbook. I'd like to keep that.
The additional RAM and core(s) that come with the iMX6 are a plus ; whatever balances the extra power with being able to run for a whole day as it does now, that's what I'm looking forward to.
The only things that I find the current iMX53 Smartbook really lack, are external video and wired network connectors. In many situations there is just no wifi (and 3G tethering may or may not work). Being able to plug into a larger connector or a projector would be useful as well.
I have absolutely no idea as to what it entails for Genesi, but I've been wondering : how many different models can you afford to build on the same foundation? The current design is excellent for its niche, but there could be larger and/or more powerful models in addition to the lightweight, long-battery-life one.
It would be fairly hard to keep the same form size and still put ethernet on the board. I'm not privy to the mx6 design yet, so I'm not sure what all is planned, but the same foundation could be used for all of them, quite easily, as long as the essentials are on the main board.
Steev Klimaszewski, Genesi USA Inc.
Senior Software Engineer