I just got word from Samsung that the company plans to start shipping the Samsung N510 laptop in the US in September. The laptop packs an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, HDMI output, and it uses the NVIDIA ION platform, which bundles a low power Intel Atom processor with an NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor. In other words, you’ll be able to handle HD video, including Blu-Ray playback on a machine that barely uses any more energy than a typical netbook.

Those extra features will come at a price. The Samsung N510 will have a suggested real price of $599 at launch, which is significantly higher than the typical netbook price tag. But you know as well as I do that retailers will probably begin undercutting the MSRP almost immediately, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see this laptop go for $569 or less before the end of September.

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29 replies on “NVIDIA ION-powered Samsung N510 coming to America next month”

  1. This looks like a fantastic system, depending on the operating system choices.

    Will this be available with Linux? The nvidia chipset is the only one that supports media acceleration (VDPAU) so I am very excited. However, I will never buy a computer that comes with a Windows license – please offer a non-Windows version Samsung.

      1. That’s too bad; I won’t buy it if Microsoft gets credit for a sale. Maybe they’ll have a Windows delete option or something, here’s hoping.

  2. Just because customers demand a better configuration doesn’t mean you can charge them a higher price. Bad on Samsung!

    1. Compared to the N510, the NC20 initially cost $549 (http://www.liliputing.com/2009/04/samsung-nc20-now-available-in-the-us.html). This means Samsung is charging $50 for the ION, 1 GB more of RAM, and 90GB more HD space. When you tally it up, it’s not a bad deal, but when compared to other products now in the category, $599 won’t be able to compete.

      On a different note, I hope Samsung got rid of the glossy screens. I also hope Nvidia worked out the kinks in the ION to play Adobe Flash (not just BluRay) fullscreen without stuttering.

  3. No matter how good this unit is, with that price it is going to sit on the shelves.

    1. $600 with a CULV, sure. $600 with an Atom? Tough sell.

      Likely battery life notwithstanding, though, sounds like a good system.

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