Samsung selects Nano for 12.1-inch netbook

Although it performs well against the Atom, Via’s Nano processor hasn’t exactly been stealing Intel’s thunder—in fact, we’ve hardly seen any Nano-powered systems so far. Well, the winds may be changing for Via: the firm says Samsung has chosen the Nano for its NC20 netbook.

The NC20 looks about half-way between netbook and ultra-portable laptop, sporting a 12.1" 1280×800 LED-backlit display, a "1.3GHz+" Nano processor, 1GB of DDR2 memory, a 160GB hard drive, 802.11g Wi-FI, Bluetooth, a full-sized keyboard, and a six-cell battery rated for six hours of run time. The system is 1.2" thick and weighs in at 3.35 lbs, so while it’s not the thinnest or lightest around, it compares well even to 10" netbooks like Asus’ Eee PC 1000HE. Oh, and it comes with Windows XP Home Edition pre-installed.

Via’s announcement doesn’t mention little details like availability and pricing. However, it looks like the system is already available in the United Kingdom. Amazon.co.uk sells it for £379.54, which works out to around $540 in greenbacks—definitely not a bad deal for a system with those kinds of specs. Check out the image gallery below for more photos.

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    • Anonymous Coward
    • 11 years ago

    Now if only nVidia would join the party.

    This thing definately needs a TR review. Can an VIA CPU+GPU take on an Intel CPU+GPU overall?

    • pullmyfoot
    • 11 years ago

    How does the nano compare to the atom in performance?

      • MadManOriginal
      • 11 years ago
        • UberGerbil
        • 11 years ago

        Shorthand summary: Nano is more powerful, and consumes more power.

        Which makes the “6 hour” battery sound pretty optimistic, now that I think about it — even if one of those 3.35 pounds in the system is battery.

    • Austin
    • 11 years ago

    l[<:o)<]l So essentially the same price as the Asus EeePC 1000H. It is an extra inch on the width and height but then it's thinner (31mm vs 38mm). Plus you get a 12" 1280x800 screen instead of the 10" 1024x600 on the EeePC. A solid competitor which Intel really needs given the poor attempt that Atom is. Come on AMD I say.

      • pedro
      • 11 years ago

      A 67% increase in pixel real estate is nothing to sniff at.

      I really quite like the look of this.

    • boing
    • 11 years ago

    What’s a chicklet keyboard?

      • ludi
      • 11 years ago

      §[<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiclets<]§ The gum pieces are well known as being slightly off-square and relatively small, hence the association with small, discrete, slightly off-square buttons on a keyboard or car instrument panel. If you look closely at the images of recent Mac and the Asus HE keyboard, you'll see that each key is divided from the others into a discrete button, unlike a conventional keyboard where the keys have angled sides to fill in the area between keys.

        • UberGerbil
        • 11 years ago

        As made infamous by the PC jr and various other crappy “home computers” of the 80s. I realize there’s a difference, but that’s still the first association I have whenever I see one of those Macbooks — hey, look, it’s the keyboard so sucky it made people throw them across the room.

    • zqw
    • 11 years ago

    Perfect…except possibly the glossy screen.

    What are the non-glossy screen options right now? MSI Wind, and Eee only?

    • maasenstodt
    • 11 years ago

    This is the first netbook I’ve seen that has me seriously considering its purchase. I’ve been very happy with the Samsung brand and I like seeing a CPU with a bit more kick. Those facts, in combination with the larger screen, have me eagerly anticipating a review.

      • shiznit
      • 11 years ago

      I feel the same way, but it’s still not perfect. I would like to see a non-glossy screen, chicklet keyboard, and the mouse pad from the macbook with multitouch.

      Is the via igp even slower than intel 950?

    • ish718
    • 11 years ago

    The rise of VIA?

    • xii
    • 11 years ago

    I think this is still a netbook, and one I would seriously consider buying, if only this would have had a cardbus slot (like the upcoming 12 inch Lenovo netbook hopefully has) or firewire port. This is portable and cheap enough to take anywhere, but has a more usable screen size to get some real work done.

    • eitje
    • 11 years ago

    it’s perfect. :’)

      • MadManOriginal
      • 11 years ago

      Yup. I know you like Nano too. This is really good to see and is just about the perfect compromise all around to me if I was looking for a very portable but useful machine. Ultraffordable is a good word 🙂

    • floodo1
    • 11 years ago

    this is too big to be a netbook. 12″ is laptop size.

      • UberGerbil
      • 11 years ago

      Well, I’m certainly glad to know someone has been appointed to sort out this terminology for the rest of us.

        • Anomymous Gerbil
        • 11 years ago

        Uber, that was /[

    • Jeffery
    • 11 years ago

    I like the hangul (korean) keyboard!

    • VILLAIN_xx
    • 11 years ago

    thank the gods i keep waiting to buy a netbook. I cant wait to see the reviews.

    All hail competition and having options.

      • todd
      • 11 years ago

      U da man.

    • brm001
    • 11 years ago

    Can’t wait to see the reviews. I’d replace my EEE 1000H with this in a snap–if it’s good.

    • PRIME1
    • 11 years ago

    It would be nice to see a Nano/Ion/Linux netbook take over the whole market.

      • UberGerbil
      • 11 years ago

      Why do we want one platform to take over the whole market?

      • flip-mode
      • 11 years ago

      The only thing missing is a GTX 260, right Prime1?

    • Ushio01
    • 11 years ago

    So tempting but must resist, quick someone hide my credit cards.

      • SomeOtherGeek
      • 11 years ago

      I’ll hold them for you, buy one of these and test the crap out of it and then send it to you with your CC. Deal?

    • Rakhmaninov3
    • 11 years ago

    Looks like one of the old white MacBooks

    • grantmeaname
    • 11 years ago

    Yay!

    • Tarx
    • 11 years ago

    When is the review!?

      • UberGerbil
      • 11 years ago

      It will immediately precede a bunch of complaints about how “Tech Report” has become “Netbook Report”

        • dragmor
        • 11 years ago

        Shuttle Report has not become Netbook Report

          • indeego
          • 11 years ago

          BlogReport is not NetbookReportg{<.<}g

    • ludi
    • 11 years ago

    All hail the first Ultraffordable.

      • UberGerbil
      • 11 years ago

      Yeah, that’s a good way to look at it — a /[

        • d2brothe
        • 11 years ago

        Its not expensive enough to be a 12 inch macbook.

          • ludi
          • 11 years ago

          That’s okay, we can carve the chassis out of solid aluminum and then apply a 175% markup.

    • UberGerbil
    • 11 years ago

    Well, this should make a lot of people happy, even if it’s at the big/expensive end of the netbook spectrum

      • Usacomp2k3
      • 11 years ago

      Yeah. Finally a decent resolution display.

        • UberGerbil
        • 11 years ago

        And Nano, which lots of people have been asking for
        And a reasonable keyboard size and layout
        And decent (claimed) battery life

          • pedro
          • 11 years ago

          Indeed, I’m really liking the look of this one.

          (Altho’ I’ll probably wait for ION.)

            • A_Pickle
            • 11 years ago

            You mean Ion 2, which I hope blows the daylights out of Intel’s crap. A Nano-powered netbook with a Geforce 9400M chipset would be awesome.

            • shiznit
            • 11 years ago

            Intel CULV + Ion would be even better.

            multi touch please, or I might do the unthinkable and buy a macbook

            • ludi
            • 11 years ago

            Myself, I could go for a nuclear-powered godmode box with four-way 109 inch Rays’O’Death(tm) plasma display with a candela intensity greater than the surface of the sun, but it’s probably more practical to buy something that exists or has a chance of existing within the next year.

            That being the case, you probably better buy the Mac if the price doesn’t disuade you.

            • shiznit
            • 11 years ago

            thinking about it (especially with tax returns coming soon) but I’m going to try and wait for westmere.

    • vikramsbox
    • 11 years ago

    Its a much needed change. Intel could have given a more powerful cpu and efficient chipset in the 24W range, but its given a pathetic cpu and aged chipset. When netbooks are in the Celeron M notebook price range, i don’t know why the atom platform is considered cheap, when it performs lower than Celeron M.
    Intels marketing at work. If intel sells crap, then crap must be worth buying.
    Via’s old chipsets like the KT800 are all legendary. They can give good products. They need support from OEM’s to generate the revenue-R&D-new product- revenue cycle.
    All the best – via

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