Adidas, a company most recognized by its sneakers brand, has moved towards the tech sector by branding a special edition Samsung N150 netbook. Along with the Adidas logo are patterns representing the world cup, an event I’m sure Adidas is heavily participating in. In addition to the branding, the special edition netbook comes with Windows 7, Bluetooth 3.0, and a 250GB hardrive. Those are the only distinctions between the special edition and regular version of the N150 netbook.
It is uncertain whether this netbook will make an appearance in US market or how much Adidas paid for this honor. What is certain however, is that along with the netbook, Adidas also branded a similarly designed pouch and mouse.
Samsung has recently announced that in a few days, they will be releasing a new netbook, as well as four business-based laptops.
Samsung’s newest netbook, the NB30 Pro, is based on the NB30 model that was released earlier this year. It’ll feature a 10.1″ screen, be equipped with a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, 2 GB of DDR2 RAM, and a 160 GB hard drive. The NB30 Pro will also have 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, three USB 2.0 ports, a 0.3 megapixel webcam, and the Windows 7 Professional OS. Battery life on this baby isn’t bad at all — 6.5 hours — but it’s not the best available either; some netbook batteries last up to 10 or 12 hours.
Samsung’s four new business-based laptops are part of the P80 Premium and P30 Essential series. The P80 Premium series will feature two new laptops, the 14″ P480 and the 15.6″ P580. Both of these laptops will be equipped with a 2.26GHz Intel Core i5-450M processor, up to 4 GB of DDR3 RAM, and up to 320 GB of storage space (5400rpm). The laptops will also have Intel GMA HD graphics, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, high definition audio, four USB 2.0 ports, a 0.3 megapixel webcam, and a pair of 1.5W speakers. Battery life for the P480 laptop will be roughly 4.3 hours while that for the P580 laptop will be roughly 4.4 hours.
The P30 Essential series will feature two new laptops as well, the 14″ P430 and the 15.6″ P530. Both laptops will be equipped wiht a 2.13GHz Intel Core i3-330M processor, up to 3 GB of DDR3 RAM, and up to 250 GB of storage. Other features of these laptops include Intel GMA HD graphics, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, three USB 2.0 ports, a 0.3 megapixel webcam, and a pair of 1.5W speakers.
Since all these laptops are geared towards business use, they will (by default) come with the Windows 7 Professional operating system. No information regarding pricing of these netbooks or laptops is yet available, but we’ll keep you posted when he we hear more news.
In a couple weeks — two to be exact — Taiwanese computer manufacturer Acer is rumored to be launching netbooks (and possibly other tech devices) that run on the Google Chrome OS. The official display will take place at the Computex Taipei Show that will be held from June 1 to June 5.
It’s still uncertain what other devices the Google Chrome OS will be featured in, but Google has mentioned that smartbooks and tablets running ARM processors would be likely vehicles. There has recently been rumors that Samsung is developing ARM-based smartbooks running Chrome.
Using an OS other than Google Android for netbooks is a good idea. The Android OS is better suited for tablets and cell phones. Google originally planned to release the Chrome operating system during the second half of 2010. The rumored Acer Chrome OS-based netbook is expected to launch in June, so that’s just perfect.
Apple has most likely sold a lot of iPads during the pre-order period and apparently expects to sell a lot more because it has signed a three-year, $240 million deal with Samsung in order to secure three million displays for the iPad.
Samsung is not the only company that has signed big, long-term deals with Apple. LG has been supplying Apple with displays for some time now. By signing with multiple suppliers, Apple can ensure that it is not dependent on just one company to supply displays.
According to a Samsung executive, Apple and Samsung are allegedly working on a contract for supplying displays for the next generation iPhone. The executive probably was not supposed to leak this information, so it remains to be seen if the notoriously secretive Apple will be angry over this news becoming known.
Via Forbes, image via Apple.
Samsung has introduced their latest phone, which is called the Wave. It’s apparently supposed to be an iPhone killer. Samsung has a history of producing excellent, high-quality electronics (I loved their UpStage cell phone) but I don’t think Apple’s iPhone sales will suffer due to this new phone. The Wave was announced before the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
The Wave is based on Samsung’s Bada platform, which is supposed to compete with other mobile platforms such as Android, Windows Mobile, and the iPhone OS. There will be an app store with similar apps to those found in Apple’s App Store. Bada, like Android, is an open platform.
Some analysts have said that there are so many mobile platforms and app stores out there that Samsung will have a hard time attracting developers. Other analysts have said that Samsung has other motives in developing its own mobile operating system: to reduce its reliance on the less-than-stellar Windows Mobile from Microsoft.
The Wave will feature a new kind of touchscreen technology that allows for brighter colors and a thinner device. And, very significantly, the Wave will support Adobe Flash, unlike Apple’s iPhone.
Via The Sydney Morning Herald, image via The Sydney Morning Herald.
Samsung’s Phil Newton has confirmed the company is currently developing a netbook that will run on Google’s Chrome OS. The netbook will be similar to the N210 netbook, and will be released as soon as later this year, or early in 2011. Specifications for the new device are largely unknown, but so far we know that the netbook will have a 12 hour battery life, 3G and wireless connectivity, a 10.1″ screen with LED backlighting, 2 GB RAM, and at least 64 GB of storage. It is likely that the device will run a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.
Peratech already caught everyone’s attention a few weeks ago when it announced its pressure-sensitive touchscreen technology. We were excited about the promise of quantum tunneling, but assumed it would take some time before it managed to hit the market. Peratech, however, has already laid plans for its product to hit phones.
Peratech has created a 5-directional input device using QTC called Navikeys, and Samsung Electro-Mechanics appears to have developed a keen interest in it. Samsung EM is a major provider for cell phone components, so this means Navikeys could replace traditional input on many phones.
It also doesn’t seem like this will be too distant, as Peratech has already announced “Navikey using QTC from Samsung EM is already being used in a Tier 1 mobile phone”. Let’s hope applications of this might be expanded to netbooks and tablets in the near future as well.
Did you know that Air Force fighter pilots have face shields with heads-up displays projected on them? The effect is much like what game makers have been doing with first-person shooters – there’s a targeting reticle on the opponent and an ammo count at the corner. While the official point is to increase the amount of information a pilot has at hand, I just always thought that it was cool how real life has begun to imitate video games.
Why do I bring this up? Samsung created a laptop that uses a clear active matrix OLED screen (AMOLED). In layman’s terms, that’s a transparent screen. The display gives clear, sharp, bright images, but still allows one to see things through the screen. This laptop is different from those HUDs so loved by pilots in that the images aren’t projected; the screen is just transparent.
As of right now, I doubt that many people have a true practical application for this beyond just looking really cool. But hey, imagine one day having a glass table in your living room that doubles as a platform for a Microsoft Surface. Or maybe windows that double as interactive screens for your smart-house. Baby steps.
Via Tom’s Hardware.
Clear is offering a deal you certainly don’t see every day: an older netbook with a hefty subsidy and WiMAX access for connectivity. If you get WiMAX in your area, this should be a tantalizing deal, considering the fact that WiMAX is cheaper than 3G. Clear will give you its netbook with a two year netbook deal at $45/month with the first 6 months subsidized to $30 apiece.
The machine itself is a Samsung NC10 running a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270, priced at $199. Other features are more or less standard issue, if your standard is netbooks from a year ago: 1 GB of RAM, a 160 GB HDD and 6 hours of battery life.
Via jkOnTheRun, image via Clear.
Samsung has announced at CES 2010 that the Samsung N127 netbook will come with SUSE/Moblin Linux as the OS. The system is going to be first released in India and Russia, and later in North American and Europe if all goes well.
The netbook’s OS will rest on the Moblin 2.1’s 2.6.31 Linux Kernel and feature software from SLED. However, the interface won’t be based on KDE, instead using the Moblin interface we’ve heard so much about.
The N127 uses a 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N450 CPU and a 10-inch LED screen as well as a 1.3 megapixel webcam. It sounds like a decent setup and a solid option for Linux netbookers who want in on the new Pine Trail processors.
Via ComputerWorld, image via NetbookChoice.
One French retailer has prematurely listed the Samsung N220 netbook for sale, and the listing has come with what we’ve eagerly awaited – the spec list.
While most of the features are bread and butter for the netbook world, the Samsung N220 comes with the new energy efficient Intel Atom Pine Trail CPU. It will have a ‘glossed green’ plastic finish, 10.1-inch display, GMA 3150 graphics, a gig of RAM and a 250 GB HDD.
Samsung is offering its chiclet keyboard for the N220 netbook, something consumers seem to love or hate. The six-cell battery will supposedly run for 11.5 hours of battery. The claim is far-fetched, but if it turns out to be true I certainly won’t complain.
The N220 will cost €350 ($501) in France.
Samsung is following the swarm of new Pine Trail-powered netbook releases with a new netbook of its own, according to recent leaks from online retailers and the FCC. The netbook is going to be called the Samsung N150, but as far as I can tell, it’s not making many changes from the old NC-series formula.
The Samsung N150 will run the Intel Atom N450 CPU on 1 GB of RAM, a 160 GB HDD, Windows 7, and a 10-inch screen. However, it also includes the Qualcomm Gobi2000 chipset, a GPS receiver, and 3G connectivity, making it a possible candidate for contracts with cellular providers.
Availability is unknown thus far, but some online retailers are taking pe-orders at $374.
Some interesting news has just been revealed from the Netbook World Summit in Paris. Samsung Notebook Product Manager, Jaewoo Seo has revealed that Samsung will be revealing their new lineup of Intel Pine Trail platform-based netbooks in January 2010. Surprise, surprise.
Many of the larger netbook manufacturers are already planning to show off their new Pine Trail-based netbooks in January at CES 2010. Samsung claims that their new netbooks will have a superthin design and have longer lasting batteries. Considering that Samsung already makes netbooks that excel in these categories, we can’t wait to see what the manufacturer has in store.
In addition, Samsung is rumored to show at least one netbook with a touchscreen display. Samsung’s new Pine Trail-based netbooks will feature an instant on OS, which will allow quick and easy access to the Internet and to selected software.
Samsung’s Nvidia ION-powered N510 netbook is now shipping in the U.S. Only available in black so far, this netbook’s listed on Newegg for $599.99 and the offer includes free shipping.
It’s a bit on the pricey side for a netbook we agree, but you’re also getting some improvements over the European version, including 2 GB of RAM, a 250 GB hard drive, and Windows 7. (The European version of the netbook comes with 1 GB of RAM, a 160 GB hard drive, and Windows XP.) The Newegg listing also claims that the netbook comes with the Nvidia ION LE chipset rather than the originally proposed ION chipset, but this may or may not be a typo.
Newspapers have been making a comeback by relying more and more on e-paper circulations. The New York Times is no exception, and has added a further incentive to get Times Reader 2.0 by offering a $100 discount on the Samsung Go netbook with a one-year subscription to the Times Reader 2.0.
The subscription will cost you just under $180 a year, or $3.45 a week. It allows subscribers to get articles on their computers anywhere in a format similar to that in print.
The Samsung Go comes with the Times Reader pre-installed. You can get the discount at J&R Music and Computer World stores until March. Unfortunately, if you’re already subscribed, you can’t take advantage of the deal.
Mobile operator O2 is changing up its mobile broadband netbook and laptop packages.
The newest netbook to join the team is the ASUS Eee PC 1005H. This 10.1″ LED-backlit widescreen netbook is equipped with a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, 1 GB of RAM, and a 160 GB hard drive. It has an integrated microphone and webcam and the default operating system is Windows XP.
The newest laptop addition is the 15.6″ Samsung R519. This laptop is equipped with a 2.16GHz Intel Pentium Dual Core T3400 processor, an Intel GMA 4500M graphics chipset, 2 GB of RAM, and a 250 GB hard drive. Other tech specs include a DVD super multi DL drive, WLAN/Wi-Fi, and a 1.3 megapixel webcam. The operating system available on this machine is Windows Vista.
These portable computing devices will be subsidized with the purchase of a 24-month data plan contract that includes 300 text messages and unlimited Wi-Fi hotspot access. 3 GB and 10 GB monthly data plans are available, the latter of which is roughly £10 more per month. There is also a one-time charge of £29.38 regardless of the netbook/laptop package selected, which gets you an O2 USB E169 mobile broadband modem.
Samsung has recently announced that it will be teaming up with AT&T to offer its Go netbook. This netbook has pretty typical tech specs, including an Intel Atom processor, a built-in HSPA modem, and Wi-Fi. The Samsung Go netbook also features a comfortable yet stylish pebble-style keyboard and Windows 7 Starter Edition. If you’re interested in learning more about the netbook, check out one of our previous articles.
Pricing for the Samsung Go netbook is not yet available, but it will probably be around $200 with a two year AT&T data plan contract. We’ll keep you posted on any developments.
Recently, Samsung has revealed a multi-chip memory package that can be used for mobile electronic devices like laptops and netbooks. The chip package is a mere 0.02 inch thick and provides 32 GB of storage. It’s 40% thinner and lighter than the conventional memory package.
Samsung’s new memory chip package features a thinner “bare” chip that measures half the thickness of a conventional chip. The chip package includes eight stacked NAND flash chips that were built using a 30-nanometer production process.
With creations like these that increase the amount of memory that can be stored while maintaining the same physical size and weight of the storage space, perhaps the size of computing devices will shrink in the future. Maybe the average size of netbooks will even get smaller.
The new Samsung memory chip package could also be housed in solid state drives as replacements for hard disk drives.
Amazon has recently released some promotions on their website for laptops. They include a $75 gift certificate with the purchase of an ASUS UL20A thin and light laptop and a $100 gift card with the purchase of an ASUS UL50A or ASUS UL80V laptops.
The gift certificates are valid on purchases made off Amazon.com, but since the website sells a whole slew of items, they can basically be used just like cash. If you’re interested in buying a netbook, like the Samsung N130 or the Android Acer Aspire One, you could even do that too.
Word has it there are no plans to put the prototype Samsung OLED netbook onto store shelves just yet, but Samsung is saying next year will bring OLED laptops and netbooks galore.