Samsung's next netbook doesn't look to be as incremental an upgrade from the - wonderful - NC10 as might have been expected. This is both good and bad. On the plus side there's a purported battery life of five or 11 hours with a standard or extended batter life respectively. On the downside, the NC310 looks unerringly like a bar of soap.
According to Akihabara News, from where this leak originates, the CPU used in the NC310 isn't specified. Unless my eyes deceive me there's an Intel logo stuck under the keyboard so we can almost certainly expect an Atom chip of some sort.
What is known is that the NC310 sports a 10.1in screen, 1GB of RAM and a 160GB hard drive. Connectivity comes in in the form of Bluetooth, WiFi and HSDPA - with WiMAX offered, but probably only in countries where doing so is worthwhile (read: not the UK methinks).
Apparently the NC310 will launch globally "pretty soon."
Official press release just it. Atom confirmed, available in May.
Update 2: (Gordon) Official press picture below (I think it looks great) along with the full spec list. RRP is £399 (4 cell) - shame about the standard screen resolution, lack of wireless n and HDMI:
Intel® ATOM™ Processor N270 (1.60GHz, 533MHz, 512KB)
Microsoft Windows® XP® Home (SP3)
LCD: 1GB (DDR2 / 1GB x 1)
10.1" WSVGA (1024 x 600) SuperBright© Gloss LED backlit
HDD: 160GB (5400 rpm SATA)
Graphics Processor: Intel GMA 950 (Int. Graphic)
Wireless LAN: 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 + Enhanced Data Rate*
LAN: 10/100 Ethernet
I / O Ports
- 3-in-1 Card Reader (SD, SDHC, MMC)
- 3 x USB 2.0
- 1 x Headphone-out
- 1 x Mic in
- 1 x Integrated Mic
- 1 x VGA Port
- 1 x RJ45 (LAN)
Multimedia: 1.3 Megapixel Web Camera*
Battery Life: 4 Cell (4400mAh) Lithium ion
Keyboard: 84 Keys (Europe, Others), 17.6mm Pitch (93% size of desktop's)
Speaker: 3W Stereo Speaker (1.5 Watt x 2 )
Dimensions (W x D x H): 262 x 184.5 x 28.0mm
Weight: 1.23 kg (incl. 4 cell battery)
Warranty: 1 Year Collect and Return*