Just a few days after we heard that Samsung is readying its next generation of netbooks, Notebook Italia is reporting that the company plans to release a notebook with a 12.1 inch screen as soon as February. The 12 inch screen sorts of puts this notebook in a different class than the Samsung NC10, MSI Wind U100, or dozens of other netbooks with 10.2 inch or smaller displays. But there are a few things that should make the new notebook interesting for liliputer enthusiasts:
- It will be called the Samsung NC20, which indicates that Samsung thinks this small, light weight machine is related to the NC10.
- The Samsung NC20 will be one of the first consumer oriented notebooks to use a 1.3GHz VIA Nano U225 CPU.
Early reports indicated that the VIA Nano offered better performance in many areas than the now-ubiquitous Intel Atom CPU. But the Nano processor is a bit more of an energy hog, which could affect battery life. Still, Samsung has demonstrated that it knows how to design computers that get excellent battery life, so I wouldn’t expect the NC20’s processor to affect the battery performance too much.
if the rumors are true, the Samsung NC20 will have a 160GB hard drive, 1G of RAM, Bluetooth, 802.11b/g WiFi, and a 1.3MP camera. It will weigh 1.5kg or about 3.3 pounds and cost 450 Euros or about $635 US, although computer makers have a tendency to drop prices a bit before releasing machines in the US so I wouldn’t be surprised to see the N20 drop below $600 or maybe even below $500.
via Eee PC News