Samsung to produce 12.1-inch “Mini-notebook” with Via Nano

samsung-nc20The official word comes today that Samsung is going to produce a 12.1-inch notebook, the NC20.  The NC20 is a larger cousin to the NC10 netbook from Samsung and this larger version will ship with a Via Nano processor.

VIA, who is likely quite happy with the Psion netbook trademark situation, has always referred to these small notebooks as “mini-notebooks” rather than recognize Intel’s (s INTC) “netbook” preference and that’s what VIA is calling the NC20.  This new notebook from Samsung will use a 1.3 GHz VIA Nano processor and a 12.1-inch display that delivers 1280×800 resolution out of the box.  The integrated VIA Chrome9 graphics set this apart from the Atom-based netbooks shipping today.


Screen:              12.1″ LED WXGA (1280 x 800)
CPU:                  VIA Nano™ ULV Processor U2250 (1.3+GHz, 800MHz)
Chipset:              VIA VX800 Unified Digital Media IGP Chipset
Graphics:            Integrated VIA Chrome9™ with DirectX 9.0 3D graphics support and hardware video acceleration
OS:                     Microsoft?R Windows?R XP Home Edition
Memory:            1GB DDR2  (1*SODMM)
Storage:            160GB HDD (9.5mmH 2.5”HDD, SATA)
Webcam:           1.3 Mega pixels web camera
LAN:                   10/100Mbps LAN
Wireless:            Atheros 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth:           2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
I/O Ports:            USB2.0 x 3, Ethernet LAN, 3-in-1 card reader
Battery:               6 cells Li-ion Battery Standard, 6.5 hours life
Dimensions:      292.4mm x 217mm x 30.7mm
Weight:              1.52kg
Colours:              White