Samsung NC10 Special Edition – Glossy or Matte?

Samsung NC10 A few days ago, I mentioned that the “Special Edition” Samsung NC10 (NC10-11PBK) that’s available exclusively through had a price drop (down to $469) and had started shipping to those who pre-ordered it.

The NC10-11PBK has a 6-cell high capacity battery that boosts the battery life up to around 9 hours or so, along with a larger touchpad than the typical NC10.

Something else that it has is a slightly different display, and it’s caused some confusion.

Early reports were that the glossy anti-reflection coating is a matte display instead.

So is the display glossy or is it matte?

I contacted Samsung directly, and this is what I was told:

According to our marketing team, the screen on the NC10-11PBK is a glossy screen. Due to the anti-reflective nature of it, it appears to many users as a matte screen. It comes down to user opinion on whether or not the screen is glossy or matte, as it could easily be referred to as either.

– View Samsung NC10 NC10-11PBK (Amazon)

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More Apple Touchscreen Netbook Rumors (Dow Jones)

Apple MacBook Air Dow Jones Newswires is reporting that “two people close to the situation” have told them that Apple will be launching a touchscreen netbook as early as the second half of 2009 (from July on).

This follows yesterday’s report from DigiTimes/Commercial Times concerning a touch screen netbook from Apple, being launched sometime in the third quarter, with primary manufacturing from Quanta Computer Inc.

They believe the display will be between 9.7 – 10 inches, although exact specifications have yet to be determined, and that Wintek Corp. will be responsible for the displays.

As I said yesterday, the timing would coincide with the availability of the NVIDIA Ion platform, which would provide a boost for OS X, as well as HD content (which Apple is pushing through its iTunes Music Store.

As usual, Apple declined to comment on the Dow Jones Newswires report.


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Microsoft’s Windows 7 Netbook Challenge

Windows 7 Netbooks, Sub-notebooks, ultraportables, whatever you want to call them, Microsoft is trying to figure out how to maximize their revenue from potential Windows 7 sales, without causing the manufacturers to go with an alternative. This is an issue that Microsoft has been looking at for a while now, going back to last november and beyond. Microsft has already had to relax some hardware restrictions on initial limitations they imposed with Windows XP Home licensing, as well as extending sales of Windows XP Home in general.

Given the low price and rapid growth in the market of these devices, Microsoft faces the situation of trying to get people to buy the more expensive versions of Windows 7. Having to offer Windows XP Home on literally millions of machines last year ate into Microsoft’s revenue stream – they would have preferred people buy the more expensive Windows Vista, however Vista did not perform well on many of the machines, plus the pricing was unattractive.

Last week, published an article concerning how Microsoft sees the situation and what they plan on doing both from a technical and from a financial point of view:

“The challenge for us clearly is to get the average selling price up,” Microsoft Chief Financial Officer Chris Liddell said last week. “We see Windows 7 at as an opportunity. We’ll have the ability for people to trade up, which would give us a price more similar to what we would normally get for a consumer.”

To push customers to pricier versions of Windows 7, Microsoft is limiting the features of the cheaper edition. The most basic, called Starter Edition, can only run three programs at a time.

Microsoft will make it easy for consumers to quickly upgrade to more advanced versions, as all the required software will already be installed on the machine and it just takes a few minutes to switch from one version to the next, said Parri Munsell, a director at Microsoft’s Windows business.

“If you look at Starter Edition, I really don’t think Microsoft wants to sell that at all — it’s pretty crippled,” said Michael Silver, an analyst at Stamford, Connecticut-based Gartner Inc. “It’s really there just so they can say they have a really low-priced offering.”

If the pricing is too high, they also face the situation of Linux potentially gaining ground – the next major release of Ubuntu has some major enhancements for netbook performance, and Hewlett-Packard and others are offering custom interfaces for Linux (this review of the Mini 1000 discusses it). These devices are actually one area where Linux can do a lot better than other markets, given that the main uses have capable equivalents on both Linux and Windows platforms (Skype, web browsing, etc.).

Thanks to Tony

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Apple To Launch Touchscreen Netbook in 3Q 2009?

Apple MacBook Air We’ll treat it as a rumor for now, but among the rumors, it’s a lot more solid than mos. DigiTimes is reporting on a Chinese-language Commercial Times publication that Wintek will be providing touch panels for a touchscreen netbook from Apple. There is a lot more going on that gives legitimacy to the idea of such a touch screen device from Apple.

The report states that shipments will begin in the third quarter of this year, which would put its availability (July/August/September) right around the end of the back-to-school buying season, with Quanta Computer being the main manufacturer of Apple’s netbooks.

At this point, I believe it’s a given that Apple will produce something with a 9-inch – 11-inch display. AT&T is about to start pushing netbooks for people who want something a little more than a smartphone, but who want mobile broadband access, and don’t want to lug a conventional-sized laptop/notebook around.

I think it’s very telling what Apple’s Tim Cook said back in January:
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All Sony VAIO P Models/Options Benchmarked (Pocketables)

Sony VAIO P Jenn Lee over at Pocketables has assembled a comprehensive look at the 8-inch high-resolution (1600×768) Sony VAIO P Series, including faster models not yet available in the US.

The models available in the US are all powered by Intel’s 1.33GHz Z520 Atom CPU (the 1.6GHz Z530 and 1.86Ghz Z540 are not available as options yet), however the Pocketables article has information from the various options and models available worldwide.

Hard drive options are either 1.8″ 60GB conventional HDD, or 64GB or 128GB Solid State Drives (SSD).

The most surprising thing is that the faster Atoms, even though they maybe up to 0.53GHz faster (around 40%), the hard drive/SSDs were the biggest factor as far as boosting overall performance. There was a boost from the faster 1.6GHz or 1.86GHz CPUs, and it would be noticeable in some applications, however the 60GB HDD appears to have slowed down those VAIO Ps more than the CPUs. These HDDs are similar to ones available in the HDD-based iPods (not the iPod Touchs/Nanos or other flash-based iPods), and they are around 4200rpm (I believe).

Given the specifications of this ultraportable (Sony doesn’t prefer it to be called a “netbook” or lump it in with that category), it’s obvious that storage read/write access would play a major factor, but I was surprised it was this much of a factor.

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