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Samsung bolsters netbook range

With three more models
Thu Sep 03 2009, 12:00

KOREAN ELECTRONICS GIANT Samsung has announced the addition of three new models to its N series netbooks line - the N130, N140 and, confusingly, the N510.

The natty netbooks are designed with style, computing, and economy in mind. In fact according to the firm one of the units, the N130, is so light it is almost possible to forget that you are carrying it. However, given that it weighs 1.26kg this is unlikely. The slightly heavier units, the N140 and N510, weigh in at 1.27kg and 1.41 kg respectively.

Each new netbook has the Atom processor, Windows XP Home Edition, three USB ports, a three-in-one memory card reader, and a 6-cell battery that lasts 'up to' eleven hours. They also include netbook staples such as Bluetooth and wireless LAN. The N130 comes in a range of colours including black, white, sea blue and peach pink.

Phil Brown, general manager of Samsung UK's notebook division said, "Following on from the success of the current N-series, we see these stylish and lightweight models as a continuation of our growth in this category." All three models are expected to be out in September.

Also in the Samsung pipeline are new thin and light laptops. The firm is due to reveal details of a trio of laptops this afternoon - the recently announced X520 and the hot off the press X420 and X120, which range in weight from 1.36kg to 2.09kg, while again not compromising on size.

Again the firm suggested that its users might suffer from short term memory loss, saying, "Samsung X-series notebooks all boast an ultra-sleek, slimline design that is virtually the same width as a £1 coin. And since the X-series is so light you probably won't even notice you're carrying them, which means you can go the extra mile and squeeze even more into your day."

Good news for roving tech-squeezers, then. However there are thinner and lighter alternatives out there including the Macbook Air and the ASUS UX30.

On the technology front Samsung's latest notebooks will offer HDMI outputs for watching content on the television, the Intel Core2 Duo mobile processor and Vista Home Premium edition.

The Samsung X120 will be available in September and the X520 and X420 will follow along in October. µ



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