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.