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Samsung to offer full-size-keyboard netbook

The manufacturer's N120 cheap subnotebook has a 10.1-inch screen housed in a 12-inch chassis, allowing for a larger keyboard than those found in most netbooks

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Topic: Hardware
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Samsung has unveiled its latest netbook, the N120.

The 10.1-inch-screened subnotebook is unusual in that it uses a 12-inch machine's chassis, giving it what Samsung calls a full 'notebook-style' keyboard. By contrast, most netbooks' keyboards are fairly cramped, with the most capacious going up to around 90 percent of 'full' notebook keyboard size.

The netbook also has a long-life, six-cell battery, which the manufacturer claims will give users up to 10.5 hours of power. If the claim is borne out by testing, this brings the latest in Samsung's range closer to new rivals, such as Asus's 1000HE Eee PC, which offers a similar battery life.

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Having a 10.1-inch screen in a 12-inch chassis means having a wider-than-usual bezel around the screen. Samsung has made use of this extra space by using it for two 1.5-watt speakers, complementing the netbook's dedicated sub-woofer.

The N120 also includes a 1.3-megapixel webcam, a three-in-one memory card reader, three USB ports and optional Bluetooth 2.0+EDR.

In common with Samsung's other netbooks, the N120 has an antibacterial keyboard — this means the keyboard has been coated in silver ion powder — and is housed in a tough 'Duracase'.

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The internal specifications of Samsung's N120 are identical to those of many rival netbooks on the market.

The subnotebook uses Intel's 1.6GHz N270 Atom processor and runs Windows XP. It has a gigabyte of RAM and a 160GB hard drive. Overall, it weighs 1.28kg.

According to Samsung, the N120 will be available from April. UK pricing has not yet been announced.

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