Just over a year ago I broke the news that Samsung would be launching a completely new line of notebooks called the Aura series. The first in the Aura line was the R20, which blended a new glossy black look, with a surprisingly affordable price point. It's fair to say that the Aura range of notebooks did pretty well for Samsung, and now the Korean giant is ready to lift the curtain on a new generation of Aura machines, which is good news for anyone who might be considering a notebook purchase in the near future.
Once again, Samsung has given TrustedReviews an exclusive look at its new line of notebooks, and the latest Aura series is set to offer even better specifications at an even lower price. As with the initial Aura launch, the new range will kick off with an entry level machine that has aspirations above its price point. Like the original Samsung R20, the new R410 is a 14.1in machine, with a 2.4kg weight, placing it slap, bang in the Apple MacBook market.
Finished in glossy black, the R410 looks set to continue Samsung's reputation for creating sleek and stylish machines that don't cost the earth. The R410 will employ Intel's latest 45nm Penryn CPUs, married to ATI's Radeon Xpress 1250M graphics chipset. The 14.1in screen will have a 1,280 x 800 resolution, as well as a glossy, high contrast coating. There's also an integrated DVD writer, so you'll be able to watch movies on that screen, or burn data to DVD and keep it safe.
Connectivity includes Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and Super G Wi-Fi. You also get an integrated 1.3-megapixel webcam, a memory card reader, three USB ports and a full size (54mm) ExpressCard slot for expansion. Meanwhile the standard six cell battery accounts for over three hours of use away from the mains.
When the R20 launched last year, it threw the cat among the pigeons with a suggested retail price of £599, and with the R410 Samsung has done it again, with prices starting from only £499! It's also worth remembering that you'll probably pay even less than that when the R410 hits the street in May.
I'll be getting an early sample of the R410 next week, so watch this space for the full low down. In the meantime, check out the image gallery on the next page.
Link: Samsung UK