Samsung wants to make inroads into US notebook market


Granted, the recent MacBook line updates surely stands heads and shoulders above all the other notebook releases we’ve been looking at, but that won’t stop companies like Samsung from releasing their range in the US notebook market. All the notebooks on offer consist of a quartet of categories known as Premium Thin & Light, All Purpose, Business, Desktop Replacement and Netbook. Premium Thin & Light sounds more like some sort of breakfast cereal instead of a notebook, but I’ll let it slide this once. Let’s take a look at the different types in greater detail right after the jump.

First off we have the X360 and X460 which come in 13.3″ and 14.1″ sizes, respectively. These will fall under the aforementioned Premium Thin & Light segment, with prices starting from $1,599 upwards. Samsung claims that the X360 is “lighter than air” – an obvious jibe at the MacBook Air which weighs in at 3 pounds, as the X360 is lighter than that despite achieving a battery life of up to 10 hours at a stretch. Both the X360 and X460 will feature Samsung’s latest 300 nits SuperBright LED backlit LCD display.

The Samsung NC10 falls under the netbook category, and you can expect all the basic netbook specifications including a 10.2″ wide SuperBright LCD, enhanced capacity battery and spacious 160GB hard drive, with prices starting from just $499. As for the Q310, this highly portable all-purpose notebook will retail for $1,149 and $1,299, depending on the configuration, carrying a 13.3″ wide LCD. The R610 on the other hand is a mid-range notebook that acts as a desktop replacement, burning a $1,049 hole in your wallet with its 16″ wide LCD display. To round off the Samsung releases, we have the enterprise-focused P460 and P560 semi-rugged notebooks that will start from $1,149 to $1,399, respectively. Below are the system specifications in greater detail.

Samsung X Series (X360 and X460)

  • 13.3- and 14.1-inch wide LED backlit LCD displays with 300 nits of brightness
  • 128GB Solid State Drive Option
  • Only 2.8 lbs. and up to 10 hrs. for X360
  • Only 4.2 lbs. and up to 5 hours for X460
  • Microsoft Windows Vista® Business

Samsung P Series

  • NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GS dedicated graphics
  • Spill resistant keyboard & shock resistant hard disk drive
  • Fingerprint reader and TPM system security
  • Intel AMT 4.0 support
  • Microsoft Windows Vista® Business

Samsung Q Series

  • Intel Centrino 2 processor
  • 250 or 320 GB Hard Disk Drives
  • Express Card 34 expandability
  • DVD +/-RW Dual Layer Disk Drives
  • Microsoft Windows Vista® Business

Samsung R Series

  • 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 9200M GS graphics
  • 250GB Hard Drive
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Microsoft Windows Vista® Home Premium

Samsung NC10 Netbook

  • 10.2-inch wide screen
  • 160GB hard drive
  • 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Processor
  • 1GB DDR2 800MHz RAM
  • 6-cell high capacity battery
  • Microsoft Windows XP® Home SP3

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