U.S. welcomes Samsung to the notebook market


Samsungnc10Perhaps not everyone in the U.S. is welcoming Samsung’s entry to the notebook market (think: Dell, HP, and Lenovo for starters), but choice is good so my arms are open wide. Besides, I was happy to spring for three Samsung UMPCs in the last two years and that market is all but dead even though I found the units to be top notch in terms of quality. And isn’t about time that we all get to stop drooling over some of the nice Samsung devices that are a staple of other shores?

Here’s a quick, high-level rundown of what Samsung’s first wave of attacks products will bring:

  • NC10: The $499 netbook (shown) comes with a 6-cell battery and one GB of RAM
  • Q310-34G: A 13.3-inch notebook starting at $1,199 with 2 GHz Core 2 Duo, 3GB of RAM and 6-cell battery
  • Q310-34P: Similar to the 34G, but priced $250 higher. Upgrades include 2.26 GHz CPU, 4GB of RAM, and nearly 50% more storage capacity
  • X360-34G: A light and thin $1,899 model with 13.3-inch display, 1.2 GHz Core 2 Duo, no optical drive, just 2.8-pounds. Add $500 for a 1.4 GHz CPU and a 128GB SSD drive.
  • X460-44G: Similar in style to the X360, but offers a 14.1-inch display, 2.0 GHz CPU, discrete NVIDIA GPU with 256MB of video memory and costs $1,699.
  • P460: Relatively generic 14.1-inch notebook starting at $1,199.
  • R610: A 16-inch display in a 6.1-pound notebook. $1,049 gets you started with a 2.0 GHz CPU, 3GB of RAM, NVIDIA graphics, 250GB storage and optical drive.
We’ve seen great designs time and again out of Samsung’s notebook shop, but the final products never got here. At first glance, I’m not sure now is the best time to enter a new market, with global economic crises and all, but there’s always the flip-side. The best time to invest in anything is usually when everything is down. Perhaps we’re all now shifting to recovery mode and Samsung is picking just the right time to jump in to the U.S. notebook market.
(via LAPTOP)


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