Samsung’s first 10 inch netbook with a dual core processor is now shipping in the US. The Samsung NF310 has the same curvy design as the Samsung NF210, but while the NF210 is available exclusively through Sam’s Club in the States, the NF310 is starting to pop up all over the place. Amazon and TigerDirect are both offering the netbook for $399.
If that price sounds a bit steep, it’s only because you haven’t heard all the specs yet. Not only does the Samsung NF310 have a 1.5GHz Intel Atom ND550 dual core CPU, but it also has a 10.1 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel HD display.
The mini-laptop has 1GB of DDR3 memory, a 250GB hard drive, a 6 cell battery, and runs Windows 7 Starter Edition.
Unfortunately it’s saddled with integrated GMA 3150 graphics, but Intel and Samsung promise that the dual core processor is fast enough to handle local playback of 720p HD videos on that HD screen. Higher resolution 1080p videos are still out of reach, and I suspect that HD Flash video will be hit or miss at best.
Update: It looks like this model might have NVIDIA graphics, but I’m waiting for official word from Samsung on that.
Update 2: Samsung tells me the NF310 has integrated Intel GMA3150 graphics and does not have NVIDIA ION.
via Netbook News