Samsung announces new NC310 netbook

Samsung announces new NC310 netbook

Summary: Samsung has previously hinted at a new 10-inch netbook, and now the company has released a few details. The specs look nearly identical to current netbooks--including Samsung's own NC10--but the Samsung NC310 has an entirely different design.

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Samsung has previously hinted at a new 10-inch netbook, and now the company has released a few details. The specs look nearly identical to current netbooks--including Samsung's own NC10--but the Samsung NC310 has an entirely different design.

The rounded edges and edge-to-edge display give it a look that's similar to the HP Mini 1000 and Mini 2140, but the NC310 has a chiclet-style keyboard. At 2.7 pounds, the NC310 also weighs slightly more than the Mini 1000. Samsung hasn't released the full specs, but based on a translation of the press release (here's the original version in Korean), we know the NC310 will be based on an Intel Atom N-series processor, 1GB of memory, and a 160GB hard drive, and will offer WiFi, Bluetooth and 3G wireless. Samsung says it will get up to 11 hours of life with an extended battery and five hours with the standard one.

The NC310 won't replace the NC10, which has only recently reached the U.S--instead Samsung plans to sell both for some time. The company may position the NC310 as more of a "premium netbook" because of its design. Samsung has not announced pricing, but a UK-based tech news site, Electricpig, reported that it will be priced at about $580 (via Engadget). You can get an identically-configured NC10 for $428. The NC310 will be available North America--as well as Asia, Europe and Russia--starting sometime in April.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, Samsung

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  • Cute

    The worry is that the girl is more distracting than the product always a problem.Manufacturers have an all out battle over leading edge design to attract dwindling buyers.The problem in the west is that far eastern market designers are culturally align to asian tastes not western tastes.To succeed why not use UK leading designers to get your gadget to the top of sales rankings? Dell's new 13 inch book creams the looks on this puppy
    The Management consultant
  • RE: Samsung announces new NC310 netbook

    Why cant you have small and powerful?

    Ditch the Atom Processor. Why cant you have a low-end Dual Core Processor? Small in should not mean low in quality. Look at the price of a low end integrated laptop and see if you are getting a good return on your investment.

    Why does small have to mean cheap junk.
    ceh4702
  • RE: Samsung announces new NC310 netbook

    Alright this is probably not the best place to put this but this serves as a general call to netbooks. As the digital age we live in, our technology gets smaller and smaller (of course there was a skip into smartphones and the like, but you get the idea) On the one side, I can understand the appeal of having this full powered computer just barely too big for the pocket along with having a sustained battery. What I do not understand is the compromise as a result of this, netbooks keyboard design sticking to the traditional design while making it half the size. I barely had an experience with it, but typing on it, to me, seems even harder than typing on a smartphone for the two reasons that it is heavier than a pda, and the keys have less empty space (between the q and the w for instance). Also the appeal of the netbooks size also counts against it in that the screen is like a zoomed out version of the desktop counterpart, I often had to pick up the computer and almost smash it up against my face just to read some things. I think while the idea was pretty good to begin with, there comes a point where it defies coordination.
    Epomerantz
  • RE: Samsung announces new NC310 netbook

    You CANNOT get "an identically-configured NC10" for $428. This new model has 802.11 n wifi, the NC10 has only b and g; moreover, the full specs of the Nc310 have not been released, so it is impossible to claim that it will be identical in configuration to the NC10.
    drdominee