Samsung has launched a 10.1in Windows XP-based netbook aimed at those who prize "minimalist design and going out in style". The N310 has a 'frameless' screen (one with no bezel surround - instead, the glass reaches to the edges) and, says its designer, "exceptional haptics".
Weighing a scant 1.3kg, Samsung says the N310 is one of the lightest 10in laptops around. Its sleek design is paired with durable casing and the ability to run for up to five hours on its four-cell battery. Based around an Intel Atom processor - the chip famed for requiring little power but able to run XP and Linux-based laptops with ease - the N310 will sport 1GB of RAM and a 160GB hard drive. As well as Wi-Fi, the machine comes with Bluetooth v2.0, three USB 2.0 ports, a 1.3Mp webcam and a 3-in-1 card reader.
The keyboard on the N310 is also a big selling point. The "pebble" design allows for a Qwerty keyboard layout almost the same size as on a standard desktop PC keyboard. While the netbook has proved a popular concept, many owners have found their reduced-size keyboards difficult and inaccurate to use - hence Samsung's emphasis on the N310 having one 93% of the size of a standard PC one.
In common with other laptops Samsung has launched in the past few months, the new mini laptop has an anti-bacterial coating on its keyboard to prevent the build-up of grot.