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It's Official: Samsung NC20 Uses VIA Nano


It's Official: Samsung NC20 Uses VIA Nano

It was all but confirmed anyway, but thanks to an official announcement by VIA, we now know that the Samsung NC20 does indeed utilise a Nano CPU.

In addition to its 1.3GHz U2250 Nano processor, the 12.1in not-a-netbook boasts a 1,280 x 800 pixel resolution panel, 1GB of RAM and a 160GB hard drive. The usual array of WiFi, Ethernet and USB connectivity is present, too.

VIA's specs claim a 6.5 hour batter life, which seems reasonable considering the figures boasted by the like of Asus' Eee PC 1000HE. Nano is still an unknown quantity in notebooks, so we'll have to wait and see how well real-world performance correlates with quoted expectations.

VIA doesn't mention pricing or a release date, but various retailers have already done that for us so get your £380-odd ready for early next month if you're interested.




February 27, 2009, 5:31 pm

This has already shipped in the EU or am I wrong?

Will there be a review soon?

I am looking at this after the critical success of the NC10 Thanks


February 27, 2009, 6:26 pm

Yeah, I beleive there are a few retailers in the UK that already have stock of the White version.

I'm just waiting on a couple of decent reviews on it before I decide to buy it (or not).


February 27, 2009, 6:38 pm

Don't seem really interesting specs, expecially if compared to actual atom-based netbook offers. The Via 1.3GHz U2250 processor should be a slow one... Hope at least for HD videos hardware support. 1,280 x 800 is a poor resolution and 1GB of RAM too little. I think that if actual Via-based offers are like this one, who would prefer it? And why?


February 27, 2009, 6:48 pm

Pre-orders are up, no-one has shipped any yet.


February 27, 2009, 7:02 pm


Rumour has it that the via chipsets beat the atom on performance I just want TR to confirm when they maybe review. Screen estate 1280 x 800 is the best I have seen in the bulging netbook market and the 1gb is easy to upgrade, I would prefer 160gb HDD to a small SSD dues to costs/upgrade. HD videos are not my priority this will be netbook that actually does some work.


February 27, 2009, 7:17 pm

@hank - we pitted the Nano and Atom CPUs against each other ages ago. Nano wiped the floor with it ;)


@pask - you do realise this is a netbook? 1GB is the limit, 1280 x 800 is substantially better than previous netbook resolutions up until now...

John Ratsey

February 27, 2009, 8:27 pm

The white ones are shipping in UK. I have put a couple of photos at http://forum.notebookreview... .



February 28, 2009, 12:06 am

@hank - I take back the netbook comment. Technically with the 12.1in screen size it isn't, though it is really!


February 28, 2009, 12:29 am

Isn't this supposed to be a site for people that know a fair bit about netbooks/ultraportables etc?

I am sat here typing on my NC20 delivered by ebuyer on the 26th Feb wondering wat the hell you are going on about.

It is available and I would suggest getting one as it is very good.

Screen is the perfect size and the increase in resolution has made the range considerably more usable.

The keyboard is also excellent and you can expect about 5-6 hours out of the battery while internet searching and working on office documents.

My advice, if you have been waiting to buy a netbook now is the time.


March 1, 2009, 3:31 am

glossy screen? that's a definitely drawback, but as for the rest--kewl! i'd like to see it reviewed


March 6, 2009, 10:13 pm

Any word on when this will be reviewed by TR? On that note, didn't there used to be an upcoming review ticker on this site, or should i lay off the mushrooms?

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