Samsung NC20

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Samsung NC20
Samsung NC20 - Lid Open - Side View.jpg
Developer Samsung
Type Subnotebook/Netbook
Media 160 GB 2.5" SATA HDD
Operating system Windows XP
Power 6.5 hours of battery life with standard 6-cell battery
CPU VIA Nano ULV Processor U2250 (1.3+GHz, 800MHz)
Memory 1 GB
Display 12.1" 1280 × 800 LED-backlit TFT LCD
Input Keyboard (100% full size, anti-bacterial)
Camera 1.3 megapixel Webcam built-in
Connectivity 10/100 Mbit Ethernet
802.11b/g wireless LAN
Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (standard configuration)
3 USB 2.0 ports
3-in-1 Flash Memory card reader (SD, SDHC, MMC)
Dimensions 292.4mm × 217mm × 30.7mm
Weight 1.52 kg
Samsung NC20 opened, harddrive removed

The Samsung NC20 is a subnotebook / Netbook computer designed by Samsung. At the time of its introduction, (February 2009, while in the U.S.A. was on March 2009), it was the first mainstream netbook to use the VIA Nano processor and the first to support the x86-64 instruction set. The 12.1" screen size is larger than typical for this class of ultra portable PC. Its most direct competitors are the Lenovo IdeaPad S12 and the MSI Wind U210.

Technical overview[edit]

Processor and memory[edit]

The Samsung NC20 uses a VIA Nano ULV Processor U2250 (1.3+GHz, 800 MHz), and includes 1 GB of memory as standard. Internally, the NC20 has one slot for memory accepting memory modules up to 2 GB.[1]


The screen is a glossy display and measures 12.1 inches (307 mm) diagonally, and has a resolution of 1280 × 800 pixels. The screen is LED-backlit. An external display can be used through the standard VGA connector.


The 84-key keyboard is a full-size keyboard, with standard 18.5mm key pitch between keys. The keyboard has also been coated with anti-bacterial Silver Nano ions.


The standard internal hard drive is a SATA 160 GB. It also includes a SD card slot, supporting MMC, SD and SDHC cards for additional storage.


Not all of the features of this notebook are supported under Linux. Playing video and microphone are partially supported. External monitor support under Linux is not possible. WLAN under Ubuntu is reported to have frequent freezeups. [2]

Known Issues[edit]

Videodriver freezes system[edit]

The videodriver currently offered for download on Samsung's Website (version sometimes causes a NC20 with Windows XP installed to freeze. Possible solutions for this are:

  • Rolling back to a previous restore point using System Restore
  • Uninstalling the videodriver and installing an older version

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Samsung NC20 Review". 2009-03-04. Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  2. ^ "NC20 Community Ubuntu". Ubuntu. 2009-09-22. Retrieved 2009-10-01. 

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