Online retailer Newegg is taking orders for the Samsung NC20 laptop. The NC20 is a bit large to be considered a netbook. It has a 12.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display and a full sized keyboard. But it weighs just 3.3 pounds and bears a more than passing resemblance to the smaller, lighter Samsung NC10 netbook.
Aside from the size difference, one of the main things setting the NC20 apart from the NC10 and other netbooks is the processor. Samsung resisted the urge to place yet another Intel Atom processor in this laptop, and instead chose to use a 1.3GHz VIA Nano U2250 processor with integrated VIA Chrome9 graphics.
From the reports I’ve read you probably won’t notice a huge difference in performance between this particular CPU and an Intel Atom chip. But that’s already an improvement over VIA’s older C7-M mobile processors that were showing up in netbooks last year. They were significantly pokier than the Intel Celeron and Atom chips used by netbook makers. And VIA does have a few more powerful Nano processors in its arsenal, so future notebooks and netbooks using the Nano platform might be able to outperform your typical Intel Atom powered netbook in some areas.
Newegg is charging $549.99 for the Samsung NC20 with 1Gb of RAM, a 160Gb hard drive, and Windows XP Home.
via Laptop Magazine