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Samsung's X360
Samsung comes back to American market with notebooks and a new netbook

Samsung announced that it is jumping into the U.S. market for notebook computers. The announcement came today, the same day that Apple is expected to introduce new MacBook models.

Reuters reports that Samsung will announce several new notebook computers today that specifically target some of Apple's offerings aimed at U.S. buyers. Samsung will be bringing its thin, ultraportable X-Series to America. Two systems will be offered to start with including the X360 and the X460.

The X360 will feature 128GB of SSD storage in a system sized much like the MacBook Air at $2,499. The MacBook Air with the 64GB SSD option retails for $2,598. Samsung's X360 weighs 2.8 pounds and achieves the lightweight by using a magnesium chassis and aluminum.

To compete with the cheaper MacBook Air with an 80GB HDD at $1,799, Samsung will be releasing the 160GB X460. The X460 will retail for $1,899 providing twice the storage for $100 more. Samsung is also going to be launching a line of larger desktop replacement notebooks for business users.

In addition to full notebooks, Samsung will also be unveiling its NC10 netbook in America. The NC10 will retail for $499 and features a 10.2-inch LCD and 160GB of storage. Samsung's NC10 will slot right between the higher-end Asus Eee netbooks and smaller full-scale notebook computers.

Samsung will take advantage of its significant distributor network in the consumer realm. The firm has been selling products like mobile phones and TVs via a network of regional and nationwide retailers for years. The Korean firm was in heavy negotiations to buy SanDisk recently that ultimately failed.

Samsung says that in addition to its retailer network helping it break into the notebook market in America, the fact that 80% of the components inside its notebooks are built by Samsung makes for cost efficiencies as well. Reuters reports that everything but the CPU and GPU inside Samsung notebooks are made by Samsung parts.

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X360 has higher initial specs (and price) that X460?
By zombiexl on 10/14/2008 1:28:48 PM , Rating: 2
Talk about confusing model numbers..

By zombiexl on 10/14/2008 1:31:07 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe I misread that. The x360 uses SSD and the 460 a real hard drive so i guess is has higher capacity. Although it still seems confusing to me..

By FITCamaro on 10/14/2008 3:15:08 PM , Rating: 3
Then you've got something seriously wrong in your head. That might be the correct scale if one is considering snob factor. But Sony's computers suck balls. Sure they might offer some really small ones, but they're nothing special and haven't been for at least 5 years.

As far as Samsung, they make good stuff. Power supplies can be a little leaky though. Had a few in the office when I worked testing fingerprint sensors and when plugged in the sensor on it was screwed up.

By Solandri on 10/14/2008 5:55:49 PM , Rating: 1
Samsung had an arrangement with Gateway. Gateway would rebrand Samsung's laptops for sale in the U.S., and Samsung would not sell directly in the U.S. Unfortunately Gateway seemed to have a habit of taking Samsung's slim and light model (the only one they carried), and gutting the high-end components (like video card, dual layer DVD burner, faster processor, etc) to cut the price.

So they ended up with a slim and light notebook which was indistinguishable from every other slim and light notebook out there. The whole point of the Samsung slim and light was that you could get high-end options in it that weren't available in other slim and lights. When I was shopping a couple years ago for a slim and light with decent 3D video, the only contenders were a Macbook Pro and a Samsung model which wasn't available in the U.S.

It sounds like Samsung finally got out of that arrangement.

By Cullinaire on 10/15/2008 5:12:03 AM , Rating: 2
Will it come with the 65nm GPUs?

Very Nice and Classy
By SpaceJumper on 10/14/2008 2:14:56 PM , Rating: 1
Average people will not be able to afford it like the Apple MacBook Airmail.

I hate
By pauldovi on 10/14/08, Rating: -1
RE: I hate
By quiksilvr on 10/14/2008 1:17:44 PM , Rating: 2
How high of a resolution do you want in a 13" laptop?

RE: I hate
By Ordr on 10/14/2008 1:26:50 PM , Rating: 3
1600x900 on the sexy Sony Z. :)

RE: I hate
By Arribajuan on 10/14/2008 2:20:33 PM , Rating: 3
Most people will complaint that they cannot see anything at that resolution with that screen size.

And even worse, change resolution to something like 1024x768 on a wide screen panel

RE: I hate
By CSMR on 10/14/2008 3:42:44 PM , Rating: 2
The manufacturer (and the user of course, but we are talking about incompetent users) can set vista to 120dp (or any other resolution).

RE: I hate
By quiksilvr on 10/15/2008 12:21:12 PM , Rating: 2
Damn now THAT'S an awesome laptop. Too bad you have to pick the "premium" model to get that awesome resolution. I'm so sick of this; why do companies continue to do this? Learn from HP people!

RE: I hate
By pauldovi on 10/14/2008 1:33:15 PM , Rating: 2
The X300 and X301 from Lenovo are both 1440x900.

RE: I hate
By rudy on 10/14/2008 1:48:24 PM , Rating: 2

RE: I hate
By The0ne on 10/14/2008 2:01:51 PM , Rating: 2
While I like having good resolution on my laptops there's a point where too small is too small for doing work. My current laptop is 17" with 1920x1200 and I often have to connect a 22" or 24" LCD to it to relieve my eyes from the strain. This is true of big Excel spreadsheets where viewable area is never enough and you end up shrinking everything down :)

RE: I hate
By FITCamaro on 10/14/2008 3:17:11 PM , Rating: 2
I had a 15.4" nonwidescreen with 1600x1200. It was definitely difficult to see with text. Was great for programming though since you could fit so much. I would typically set the resolution at 1280x1024 for text editing (other than programming) and web browsing.

RE: I hate
By CSMR on 10/14/2008 3:45:58 PM , Rating: 2
Was that pre-XP? Pixel pitch these days has basically nothing to do with how big things look. Admittedly vista does much better than XP at scaling. At any rate nowadays it is not an issue.

RE: I hate
By CSMR on 10/14/2008 3:49:02 PM , Rating: 4
The higher the dpi, the less the eye-strain because text at a given size resolves better. Higher dpi is better! I can't understand why readers at tech sites don't get this.

RE: I hate
By Funksultan on 10/15/2008 7:21:37 AM , Rating: 2
DPI isn't everything. Same size images would be sharper, but outside of games and the like, images typically don't scale to your resoultion (duh?). For example, font sizes.

YOU try reading < 8 pt fonts on a 1920x1200 for 8-10 hours a day, and lemme know how that grabs ya. Ok spanky?

*rubs eyes and curses*

I don't understand why readers at tech sites don't get this. Oh, wait. It's common knowledge.

RE: I hate
By CSMR on 10/15/2008 10:39:06 PM , Rating: 2
What program does not scale fonts properly in Vista? It would need to fail to advertise itself as dpi aware first of all. What important (and modern) program is not dpi-aware? And even with a program that isn't, assuming Vista is set to scale all apps, the fonts would get correctly scaled anyway, because the OS draws the fonts.

RE: I hate
By Funksultan on 10/20/2008 7:31:51 AM , Rating: 2
Er, do you OWN a windows-based OS? Or Mac for that matter?

Only a small, small handful of programs scale fonts, and almost NO programs are "dpi aware".

Up the res on your monitor, and guess what? Things get SMALLER. You get more screen space because programs DO NOT scale to dpi. If they did, a higher res wouldn't help us get more screen space (and developers start to cry).

Seriously, do you think Vista (or any other mainstream OS) scales all it's windows automatically to the resolution you're using?

Wow. Fail.

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