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Samsung aims squarely at MacBook with Aura R20

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.

More information and a gallery follow.

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]

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  1. bojangles

    Senior User

    Joined: May 2000



    Isnít it amazing how anything thatís ďdesigned to compete with [insert Apple product here]Ē winds up being just a little bit ugly? The ports look ridiculous, the feet look ridiculous, and what is that stupid cylinder on its butt supposed to be?

    Iím sure this notebook has some great features, but a MacBook it ainít.

  1. aristotles

    Grizzled Veteran

    Joined: Jul 2004


    VGA? In this age?

    What is up with the old school VGA?

    Also, why do windows users think 800X600 is adequate as a resolution for wallpapers?

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