updated 01:15 pm EST, Thu February 22, 2007
Samsung Aura Notebook
Samsung is on the verge of releasing a new designer notebook line, according to newly leaked information. Called the Aura, the range is consciously minimalist and takes on a completely black thin shell, targeting the same aesthetics of the MacBook. The design choice extends to emphasizing its 5.2-pound light weight and removing the logos that normally clutter notebooks. The introductory Aura R20 will specifically compete with Apple, according to early details. A 14-inch glossy widescreen shares the same 1280x800 resolution, but is bolstered by ATI's recently announced Xpress 1250 -- a new chipset said to dramatically improve on typically slow integrated graphics. A 60GB hard drive and DVD rewriter will be standard.
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Importantly, the R20 should also cover the full spectrum of performance. The notebook should start with a minimum Celeron M but will also have the option of a 2.16GHz Core 2 Duo for more demanding users. Prices weren't leaked but are lkely to dip below those of its chief competitor. Complete details of the first Aura should be made available in an official announcement next week, though the notebook isn't expected to ship to the US. [via TrustedReviews]