Samsung NC20 – it’s got a VIA Nano in it!

Samsung NC20 About three weeks ago, some specifications of the 12″ Intel Atom-powered Samsung NC20 leaked out through online retailers.

Yesterday, news came of the user manual for the NC20 being online, and it’s confirmed some things that surprised me. I mentioned that I thought the VIA Nano CPU listing was inaccurate (the information was from some online retailers, but Intel Atom was also listed).

This is a huge deal – the NC netbook series was already fairly high-profile (for its design, features, and battery life), and VIA convincing Samsung to add the Nano to the NC lineup is a huge win for VIA, especially after HP switched to the Intel Atom for their new netbook updates and models.

– 1.3GHz VIA Nano CPU
– 12.1″ 1280×800 display
– HDD or Solid State Drive (SSD)
– 6-Cell Battery

Width: 11.5 inches / 292 mm
Depth: 8.5 inches / 215.9 mm
Height: 1.2 inches / 30.5 mm

While it’s supposed to be a little harder on the battery, it’s been reported that the Nanos have better performance than the Intel Atoms. This is a huge win for VIA and it will be interesting to see what the production models are capable of when it comes to performance.

Samsung User Manual
– via liliputing