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Samsung rolls out P80 and P30 laptops, NB30 Pro netbook

Samsung has unveiled their 2010 lineup of portable computers targeted towards a professionally-minded crowd. The new releases consist of the P80 Premium series and P30 Essential series, plus the NB30 Pro netbook.

Samsung has unveiled their 2010 lineup of portable computers targeted towards a professionally-minded crowd. The new releases consist of the P80 Premium series and P30 Essential series, plus the NB30 Pro netbook.

Both the P80 and P30 laptops are available with two possible display sizes with a 1,366 x 768 resolution: 14-inch (P480, P430) or 15-inch (P580, P530). All of the new devices have been built with a focus on connectivity and security, but also with a durable design if business users plan on taking these computers out of the office often. For example, the NB30 sports a free-fall sensor for the hard drive in case of drops, plus a keyboard that is water-resistant against up to 50cc of spilled liquid.

Here's a complete breakdown of the trio of new Samsung releases:

Samsung P80 Series

  • Intel Core i5 430M processor
  • Windows 7 Professional OS
  • Intel GMA HD graphics
  • Up to 4GB DDR3 memory
  • 320GB 5400 RPM hard drive
  • 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • 0.3-megapixel webcam
  • Connectivity: Four USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet
  • Battery Life: Up to 4.3 hours (P480) or 4.4 hours (P580)
  • Weight: 4.8 lbs. (P480), 5.6 lbs. (P580)
  • Starting MSRP: $999

Samsung P30

  • Intel Core i3 330M processor
  • Windows 7 Professional OS
  • Intel GMA HD graphics
  • Up to 4GB DDR3 memory
  • 250GB 5400 RPM hard drive
  • 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • 0.3-megapixel webcam
  • Connectivity: Three USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet
  • Battery Life: Up to 4.5 hours (P430) or 4.6 hours (P530)
  • Weight: 4.9 lbs. (P430), 5.5 lbs. (P530)
  • Starting MSRP: $849

Samsung NB30 Pro (pictured above)

  • 10.1-inch display (1,024 x 600 resolution)
  • Intel Atom N450 processor
  • Windows 7 Professional OS
  • Intel GMA3150 graphics
  • Up to 2GB DDR2 memory
  • 160GB hard drive
  • 0.3-megapixel webcam
  • Connectivity: Three USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet
  • Battery Life: Up to 6.5 hrs
  • Weight: 2.73 lbs.
  • Starting MSRP: $519

While the NB30 Pro might be a durable notebook, I would have hoped for more impressive specs (larger hard drive, longer battery life) for that price tag. Although the inclusion of Windows 7 Pro rather than the Starter version is a nice boost.

All of these Samsung computers will be available in "late May," which should be any day now since it's almost June.