Last week Samsung’s highest end netbook in their NF trio of netbooks, the NF310 went on sale for $399 and now the mid-range model, the NF210 is up for grabs at Amazon.com for a little cheaper at $379. The last we heard, it was going to be exclusive to Sam’s Club, obviously not.
The difference apart from the obvious color change and price drop is that this model comes with a single core Intel Atom N455 processor rather than the dual core Atom N550 found on the NF310 and the finish on the palm rest differs and the trackpad is flush with a dimpled surface. There’s no mention of screen resolution but it was last announced with a 1024 x 600 display. Also no mention of Bluetooth, or even Bluetooth 3.0 seen on the NF310.
The rest of the specs are identical – 1GB DDR3 RAM, Integrated graphics, 250GB HDD, 0.3MP webcam, SRS Premium Sound, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, 10/100 LAN, 6-cell battery (14 hours) and Windows 7 Starter.
Last month I got a chance to check out one of Samsung’s newest mini-laptops, the NF210. Aside from a few snazzy design choices which probably make the NF210 a love it or hate it machine, the Samsung NF210 doesn’t have much to set it apart from earlier Samsung netbooks. It has the same display, processor, and other specs as pretty much every Samsung netbook launched this year.
But it turns out the Samsung NF210 has a bigger brother. Today the company officially launched the Samsung NF310 in the US. While it has the same case design as the Samsung NF210, this $399 model has some premium specs, including:
- Dual core 1.5GHz Intel Atom N550 processor
- 10.1 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel HD display
The rest of the specs are pretty much par for the course:
- Windows 7 Starter Edition
- Intel integrated graphics
- 1GB DDR3 memory
- 250GB hard drive
- 802.11b/g/n WiFi
- 6 cell battery (Samsung promises 9 hours run time)
- 2 x 1.5W speakers
The Samsung NF310 weighs 2.87 pounds. The company says it should be available this fall in the US. The good news is that when I met with Samsung last month a rep told me this laptop would run $429. It looks like the company has decided to offer it at a lower price.
Unlike the Samsung NF210, which is exclusively available from Sam’s Club in the US, the NF310 should be generally available soon.