Samsung Releases New Netbooks with Intel Atom N450 Chip
Samsung announces four new netbooks ahead of this week's Consumer Electronics Show. Equipped with the Intel Atom N450 processor, these devices feature long battery life, and one model has been specially ruggedized to survive falls and immersion in water for a limited time. Other features seem to capitalize on a recent partnership between Samsung and Phoenix Technologies, including the ability to go online without needing to boot Windows.Samsung announced a new series of netbooks ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas later this week, with features designed to both make the devices more rugged and connect them to the Internet on a speedier basis. The new devices include the Samsung N210, N220, N150 and NB30. All four models include 10.1-inch LED anti-reflective displays, integrated Digital LiveCam for video conferencing and the Intel Atom N450 processor, which has been designed with an eye toward netbooks' need for increased energy efficiency. Samsung claims that the N210 and N220 will run for up to 12 hours on a full battery charge, while the N150 and NB30 will putter for a respective 8.5 hours and 11 hours, respectively.
In the name of speed, the N210 and N220 can go online without needing to first boot Windows, courtesy of the Phoenix HyperSpace tool. In the name of durability, the NB30 includes a hard disk drive freefall sensor that "parks" the drive if it detects the device in mid-drop; furthermore, a watertight seal around the device protects it from immersion in up to 50cc of spilled water for up to 10 seconds. Phoenix FailSafe software allows a PC to be tracked if stolen, and features the ability to encrypt, manage, retrieve and erase data.