Pine Trail-based Samsung netbooks start at $349


— 2:16 PM on January 20, 2010

Samsung may not be as big a name as Acer or Asus in the netbook realm, but the Korean firm definitely isn't turning its back on that market. In fact, Samsung has introduced three new 10.1" netbooks with features ranging from an all-day battery to a spill-resistant casing—all based on Intel's new Pine Trail platform, of course.

Dubbed N150, N210, and NB30, the netbooks all have 10.1" 1024x600 "anti-reflective" displays, Intel Atom N450 processors, matching Intel GMA 3150 integrated graphics, 1GB of DDR2 memory, 802.11n Wi-Fi connectivity, and Windows 7. (Older Samsung netbooks in the same price range tend to ship with Windows 7 Starter, but Samsung doesn't specify the edition for these systems.)

Starting at $349, the Samsung N150 completes the formula above with a 160GB 5,400-RPM hard drive and a rated 8.5 hours of battery run time. The N210 model will set you back an extra $30, but it comes with 250GB of storage capacity, a 12-hour battery life rating, and "HyperSpace Instant On capability," which allows it to "turn on and immediately go online without waiting for Windows to boot." Sounds like those pre-OS desktop environments we've seen on Asus products.

Last, but not least, the Samsung NB30 should accommodate folks who need more rugged hardware. Priced at the same $379 as the N210, this system has a "specially-designed durable casing," a free-fall sensor for the hard drive, and a water-tight casing that can purportedly handle spills of up to 50 cc (1.7 fl oz). Battery life and storage capacity are the same as on the N150.

See the gallery below for images of the N150, N210, and NB30, in that order. Samsung expects all three systems to be available "immediately," complete with a one-year warranty.

   
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