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


Jez - Samsung NC20 Community

yep they have been available in the UK for a week or so, this didn’t however stop Samsung from only just announcing the NC20 officially!

The 10″ NC10 is branded a sub-notebook by Samsung, so does that make the NC20 a notebook?! I don’t think it really matters :)

I think the attraction for me is the size, weight and design. And people who buy on those criteria will be interested in this model for sure. If you just want a lightweight device for web browsing and day to day apps then the NC20 looks like a nice little machine. If you want power and high end graphics then this isn’t for you!


How does the chrome9 graphics chipset set it apart? It’s just as bad as other integrated chipsets in netbooks… outside of the ati x1250 in the everun and the Ion platform, of course. Plus, the processor is just as anemic if not more anemic than the current Atom offerings.

Nothing new or really worth mentioning about this.


this 12′(+) stuff is called: sub-notebook for years now. clanking an atom inside won’t change this.

Gordon Cahill

a 12″ screen. It’s not actually that “mini” is it. Just plain underpowered.



This has better battery life and more storage than Dell’s XPS M1210. Otherwise, the Dell has more memory, a larger keyboard, 802.11A and N, Bluetooth, it can handle Vista with aplomb, and it has an optional built-in cellular modem. And the Dell weighs 1.36kg. And the Dell has been discontinued. :'(

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