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Samsung NC20 gets reviewed, benchmarked, liked

Samsung NC20 gets reviewed, benchmarked, liked

It didn't take LaptopMag long to make up their mind over the Samsung NC20, but then we've known about this VIA-based 12-inch netbook for so long that it might prove tough finding anyone still on the fence.  Obviously it's bigger and heavier than the NC10 - but then it has a larger display, keyboard and trackpad, too - but what we all really want to know is how well the VIA Nano U2250 processor and Chrome9 HC3 integrated graphics stand up.

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Samsung NC20 with VIA Nano gets official

Samsung NC20 with VIA Nano gets official

In one of those moments where you forget exactly what's official news and what's simply been confirmed in a roundabout way, VIA have gleefully announced that the Samsung NC20 12.1-inch netbook uses their VIA Nano platform.  While we knew this all the way back in December 2008, and then again in previews and in pre-orders, we'll forgive Samsung and VIA simply because the NC20 looks such a promising machine.

 

Full confirmed Samsung NC20 specs after the cut

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Samsung NC20 gets video unboxing

Samsung NC20 gets video unboxing

We've already heard enough about the Samsung NC20 to perk our interest - HD support and 6hrs runtime out of the box will do that - but it's taken until now to see the 12.1-inch budget ultraportable appear on video.  NetbookNews have an impromptu unboxing and some early first impressions of the NC20; benchmarks will follow, but for now Sascha tells us that "the Intel Atom got a real competitor."

 

Check out the NC20 unboxing video after the cut

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Samsung NC20 and 3G NC10 go up for UK pre-order

Samsung NC20 and 3G NC10 go up for UK pre-order

The Samsung NC20 has gone up for pre-order in the UK, with delivery of the 12.1-inch netbook expected later this month for the white version and in March for the black model.  Both have VIA's 1.3GHz Nano U2250 processor, 1GB of memory and run Windows XP Home, and come with the 6-cell battery pack.  Also on offer is the Samsung NC10 with integrated 3G HSDPA, which will apparently begin shipping imminently.

 

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Samsung NC20 previewed: HD capable, over 6hrs runtime

Samsung NC20 previewed: HD capable, over 6hrs runtime

Samsung made a great first-impression with its debut to the netbook sector: the NC10 won praise both for its excellent keyboard and lengthy battery life.  So there's plenty for its sequel, the Samsung NC20, to live up to.  Ukrainian site gagadget have managed to acquire an NC20 of their own, and have been testing out how the switch to VIA's Nano U225 processor and Chrome9 HC3 integrated graphics impact on performance.

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Samsung NC20 netbook user manual released [Updated with pricing]

Samsung NC20 netbook user manual released [Updated with pricing]

Samsung have published the user manual for their upcoming netbook, the NC20, which is expected to launch next month.  The NC20 has a 12-inch display running at 1280 x 800, 1.3GHz VIA Nano processor and a choice of HDD or SSD storage.  There are also various tweaks to port positioning from the Samsung NC10, and what looks to be improved access to components via a larger panel in the base of the netbook.

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