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When news of the Windows 7 Starter Edition broke, debate ensued on whether it would become a usable, standard version for most netbooks. It’s far too early to end that argument, but we should know soon. October 22nd — the official launch date of Windows 7 […]

samsung-n130-netbookWhen news of the Windows 7 Starter Edition broke, debate ensued on whether it would become a usable, standard version for most netbooks. It’s far too early to end that argument, but we should know soon. October 22nd — the official launch date of Windows 7 — is right around the corner, so newly introduced devices will be the tip off.

Lo and behold, here’s the first! InfoWorld got wind of two new Samsung netbooks and each will offer the Starter Edition, although Windows XP is available as an option. The N130 and N140 models appear fairly similar and start at €349, although some hardware options are only available with Windows 7 as the operating system. Not much is ground-breaking or new here: Intel Atom N270 or N280 CPU, 10.1″ display and up to a 250GB hard drive. The N140 is priced €50 higher and includes a 5900mAh battery instead of the 4000mAh unit on the N130.

Engadget notes two additional items that caught my eye: both include an automated backup to a free 25GB Microsoft SkyDrive account and the original press release came from Samsung in Moscow. That may mean that these exact same models in other countries might offer Windows 7 Home Premium in lieu of the Starter Edition. The debate rages on…

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