Video: Samsung NC20 unboxed

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Sporting the dark horse VIA Nano CPU, Samsung’s 12.1-inch NC20 looks like it might be able to shake things up a bit. Sascha from German site NetbookNews.de got his hands on the soon-to-be-available ultraportable computer and lets the world watch him open the box.

Some initial thoughts:

  1. It definitely looks more like a notebook than the stereotypical netbook. Notebook/netbook – big deal. We continue to see the line getting blurred. The big screen means that there’s a usable resolution: 1280×800 – nice.
  2. The keyboard! It’s undoubtedly larger than a netbook keyboard but it still looks a little cramped to me for some reason. It’s gotta be the edges on either side. Hopefully it’s just an optical illusion.
  3. The trackpad looks usable. Sascha notes that there’s still a single button (it’s capable of right and left clicks, though).
  4. The six-cell battery adds a little hump on the bottom but nothing too unwieldy. There appears to be a slot for future 3G options underneath the battery.
  5. Boot-to-XP time seems to be around 40 seconds or so. Not too shabby.

It’s a little bit thicker than I thought it would be, but it still seems relatively portable. The 3.3-pound travel weight is nice and will hopefully be a fair tradeoff given the bigger screen and keyboard. That keyboard may ultimately be a deciding factor for most people. The one on the NC10 has been received pretty well so the one on the NC20 ought to be nice too.

NetbookNews.de [via SlashGear]

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