Samsung Jumpstarts The VIA Nano Bandwagon With Its 12" NC20 NetbookS

Samsung has (finally) become the first major netbook manufacturer to adopt VIA's hot, hot Nano platform, announcing today the 12", fat-batteried NC20.

Catered to a niche well above its 10", Atom-powered NC10 stablemate, the NC20 is has decidedly un-netbooklike specs. Aside from the 1.3GHz VIA Nano ULV U2250 processor and the choice of XP Home (wise!), the list is straight laptop: 1GB of RAM, a 160GB HDD (with an SSD option), a generously resolved 1280X800 LCD, a 6-cell battery that promises more than 6.5 hours of operation and an uncompromised set of ports, adapters and inbuilt accessories. No price has been announced yet, and therein lies the rub: it's almost certainly going to be expensive.

That said, if Samsung can undercut the initial $650 rumors by a c-note or so, they might have a fighting chance against the sparse competition in the "not a netbooooooook, not yet a woman" category. [Samsung]