Samsung Electronics America is entering U.S. notebook market with a product line-up that includes notebooks in four different categories— Premium Thin & Light, All Purpose, Business, Desktop Replacement, and the Netbook segment.
"With Samsung's entry into the U.S. notebook market, we are now able to provide a complete PC computing solution to our customers,” said Christopher Franey, vice president of Marketing and Commercial Sales at Samsung Electronics Information Technology Division. “The introduction of Samsung’s premium notebook offerings to the U.S. market solidifies Samsung as a global technology leader, providing advanced mobile computing designs of the highest reliability and quality.”
The X360 and X460 are 13.3- and 14.1-inch premium ultra thin-and-light notebooks with prices starting at US$1,599. The X360 is "lighter than air" weighing in at 2.8 pounds and achieving up to 10 hours of continuous usage, and both support Samsung’s latest 300nits SuperBright LED backlit LCD display.
Samsung's NC10 is a netbook with a 10.2-inch wide SuperBright LCD, enhanced capacity battery and 160GB hard drive, carrying a suggested price of US$499. The Q310 is a highly portable all-purpose notebook with price starting at US$1,149 and US$1,299, featuring a 13.3-inch wide LCD.
The R610, with an price of US$1,049, is a desktop replacement that features a 16-inch wide LCD.
Completing Samsung's entry to the notebook market is the enterprise-focused P460 and P560, which are semi-ruggedized notebooks with a price range of US$1,149 to US$1,399.
All of Samsung’s notebooks will initially be available throughout the traditional IT reseller channel, including distributors Ingram Micro and D&H; direct marketing resellers including CDW, PC Computing, Insight and PC Mall; and at most major online e-tailers, including Amazon.com, NewEgg.com, Buy.com and TigerDirect.com.
Each notebook (with the exception of the NC10 Netbook) will feature the latest Intel Centrino 2 processor technology with Intel Core2 Duo Processors, 3 gigabytes of system RAM, 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi, 1.3MP webcam, 3x USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit LAN, Bluetooth 2.0 and HDMI output.
The NC10 netbook will be available in white or metallic blue color options. It will feature a 160GB hard drive and a 10.2-inch wide 1024 x 600 display. It will also come with a full host of I/O ports and 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR and a built-in 1.3 mega-pixel webcam. With a 93% full-size keyboard and standard 5200mAH high capacity 6-cell Lithium Ion battery, the NC10 can work for up to eight hours on a full charge.
The company issued a policy to not install any unnecessary software - the only trial software that will be included in each Samsung notebook and netbook is Microsoft Office Professional 2007 and McAfee Virus Scan 60-day trials. Each unit will include a full host of Samsung utility software that helps with system recovery and data backup, battery life management, performance boosting, network connectivity and hardware/software system diagnostics software.