Samsung’s Atom ‘Pinetrail’-based netbook packs 12 hour battery life with Optus dual-band 2100MHz and 900MHz 3G.
The welter of news on all things iPad, iPhone 4G and Android seem to have pushed gadgets like netbooks to the back of the line. But 3G netbooks remain a bright spot for vendors and carriers alike, especially when they can be bundled on a two year contract at a tempting zero dollars up front.
That’s the deal which Samsung and Optus have nutted out for Samsung’s N220 10.1 inch netbook, which matches Intel’s Atom ‘Pinetrail’ platform (built around the Atom 1.66GHz N450 processor) to a standard six-cell 5900mAh battery.
The result is battery life claimed at 12 hours – but even if it runs out of puff at ten hours when using 802.11n Wi-Fi that still counts as ‘all-day computing’, and then some.
Samsung’s part of the package sees it slipping a SIM card into the N220‘s inbuilt 3G modem, which covers both the 2100MHz and 900MHz 3G bands used in Optus city and regional networks.
$50 per month gets you 2GB of data, with 5GB on offer at $70 per month. Both contracts run for two years. For more details, click to www.optus.com.au/netbook.