Samsung Q320 and R522: Hi-def laptops

Samsung laptops are like buses, apparently: you wait ages and then five come along at once. We'd like to see a bus with a hi-def screen like the Q320 or 5 hours battery life like the R522 -- it'd look really weird

Looks like it's laptop day over at Samsung, with the N series of netbooks getting two additions , joined by two high-definition models: the Q320 and R552.

The Q320, pictured above, sports an edge-to-edge 13.4-inch LED screen, with 16:9 aspect ratio. Samsung claims the screen is hi-def, which isn't much of a boast on a laptop, but hasn't yet revealed its resolution. Having said that, the Q320 packs a fair bit of movie-watching and gaming grunt with an Nvidia GeForce G105M graphics card and dedicated 256MB of GDDR3 memory.

The whole shebang is run by an Intel Centrino 2 Processor. You get a slot-loading optical disk drive -- referred to by Samsung as an ODD, which must be some kind of joke -- and one USB port. There's also a combination USB and eSATA port.

The Q320 weighs 2.2kg with a six-cell battery, which is claimed to last up to 4.6 hours. A 12-cell option is also available.

The R552, pictured below, packs a 15.6-inch screen, also in 16:9 HD. Samsung is trumpeting 5 hours battery life, so you could watch two films or get in an eyeball-straining gaming session. Design-wise, there's a light-up touchpad and an 'aluminium-style' palmrest, whatever that is. Something's either aluminium or it's not, you'd think.

Samsung R552

You also get a whopping four USB ports, including one that's powered to charge devices even when the computer is turned off. A separate combo port also supports both USB and eSATA connections.

Like the N310 netbook launched yesterday , both the Q320 and R552's keyboards are coated with anti-bacterial science-y stuff. They'll show up in April. We'll keep you posted on pricing when we know more.

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Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.

 

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