Samsung R620: The touch of red is dead

Remember the Samsung R610 laptop with the 'touch of red'? You know, that look like a small child had smeared red nail varnish over the front? It's being replaced with the red-free R620

Rory Reid

Remember the Samsung R610 laptop with the 'touch of red'? You know, the one that looked like a small child had smeared nail varnish over the front edge? Great news: it's being replaced with the R620, and judging by the early press pictures, it's a red-free zone. Thank you, Samsung.

Like its predecessor, the R620 will use a 16-inch, 16:9 display with a 1,366x768-pixel resolution. Samsung will also release a version with a Full HD 1,920x1,080-pixel panel, so you can enjoy hi-def flicks played via the optional Blu-ray drive, either on the laptop or on an external display -- courtesy of the R620's HDMI port.

Core specs vary from model to model, but all R620s will use Intel Core 2 Duo CPUs, up to 4GB of DDR2 RAM, 802.11n Wi-Fi, up to 500GB of storage, a 1.3-megapixel webcam and a choice of ATI Mobility Radeon HD4650 or HD 4330 graphics cards. Also, as with most Samsung laptops, the R620's keyboard will benefit from Silver Nano antibacterial coating, so you can use it in the toilet without feeling guilty about letting your flatmates touch it afterwards. The laptop, we mean.

The red-free R620 will be available this month and will retail for prices starting at £699.