Samsung's 11.6'' Ion laptop headed to Europe in September


— 5:08 PM on August 5, 2009

That Samsung N510 netbook we told you about a month ago might show up earlier than expected. While early reports suggested an October launch, the system has appeared at a major European e-tailer, which quotes a September 4 ship date.

Pixmania lets you pre-order the machine for €499, too, giving us a glimpse of possible U.S. pricing. The same retailer charges €446 for the Via-based Samsung NC20, and that laptop costs $499.99 at Newegg. If the same pricing relationship applies to the N510, you can expect to be charged around $560 across the pond—only $10 more than what the NC20 cost when it came out.

What makes the N510 so special? Well, it's got an 11.6" display, a full-blooded Atom N270 processor, and an Nvidia Ion integrated graphics chipset. According to Pixmania, the machine also has 1GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, HDMI output, Windows XP Home, and a six-cell battery rated for 6.5 hours of run time. (To be fair, some parts of the product description say 7.5 hours.) Oh, and it apparently weighs in at just 3.1 lbs, battery included.

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