Samsung N510: ION-powered 11.6-inch netbook

June 27, 2009 at 11:17 am

Samsung N510Update: You can check out our unboxing video & pictures of the Samsung N510 netbook here.

We now have the full technical details of the rumoured ION-powered Samsung netbook. Samsung will be releasing the N510 (NP-N510-KA02UK) netbook, which will sport a high resolution (1366 x 768) 11.6-inch LED backlit display. It is expected to be launched in July for a price under €600.

The Samsung N510 will use the ION platform, pairing a 1.66GHz N280 Atom CPU with Nvidia’s 9400M GPU. It will also come with 1GB RAM, a 160GB HDD and XP Home. Other features include Wi-Fi (including draft-N), Bluetooth, Webcam, 3-in-1 card reader and a 6-cell Lithium Ion battery.

So far we have no idea what the Samsung N510 will look like. For those doubting the news, we have found that two retailers did have the netbook listed before removing the product pages. Thanks to Google Cache though you can see it listed at as well as elara online, where they have a price of €561.33 listed. The latter was also expecting it to be released on 30th June 2009.

If the rumours are true, then this would mean it would launch ahead of the Lenovo Ideapad S12 ION, which has now been delayed to Q4 2009. The Samsung N510 also has a faster 1.66GHz N280 CPU instead of the 1.6GHz N270 Atom used in the S12 ION. Hopefully, we’ll get some solid confirmation on this new netbook early next week from our Samsung contacts.

Samsung N510-KA02 Technical Specifications:

Processor: Intel Atom N280 (1.66 GHz, 512KB L2 cache, 667 MHz FSB)
Chipset: Nvidia Ion
Memory: 1GB
Display: 11.6 “HD WXGA (1366×768)
Video Card: Nvidia GeForce 9400M
Hard disk: 160GB SATA
Networking: Wireless 802.11 b / g / n, Bluetooth, Ethernet LAN
Ports: Memory card reader 3-in-1
Battery: Lithium-Ion 6-cell

Via Netbook Italia.


1,229 Responses to “Samsung N510: ION-powered 11.6-inch netbook”

  1. SpencerUk said:
    June 27th, 2009 12:25 PM

    Tad down about the specs.
    Was hoping for a dual core via or a atom there

  2. Jez - Samsung Netbook Community said:
    June 29th, 2009 2:33 PM

    Good news for Sammy fans!

  3. Scott said:
    June 29th, 2009 10:00 PM

    The dual core atom for won’t show up until the next revision from Intel. I believe the roadmap has that around Christmas.

  4. Justin said:
    July 3rd, 2009 5:03 AM

    And the suspected release dates will come and go, and no doubt this release will be pushed back farther than the Lenovo S12. Why is it so hard to get an ION netbook to the market?

  5. Igor said:
    July 3rd, 2009 10:28 AM

    I still have some concerns to what an ion will do to the battery. Will we still have “all day computing”? Or will we have to compromise the better graphics for less battery?

  6. Tej said:
    July 3rd, 2009 2:10 PM

    I would be very surprised to see any ION netbook match the battery times we’ve seen from the latest netbooks. I’m interested to see how they fare though, hopefully they won’t be too compromised…

  7. G@zz@ said:
    July 26th, 2009 6:54 PM

    A rumoured price of £450 in the UK, which is just way too expensive. For that you can get a very good spec 15.4″ laptop.

    Also with the NC10 now dropped to £269 at PC World/Currys/Dixons in the UK, how on earth can the N510 justify such a high price? Is it really that much better?

  8. James Morris said:
    August 15th, 2009 2:14 AM

    If it is £540, then that is ridiculous. You might as well lump out the extra £200 for a 13″ Dell M1330 or a MacBook. Both have the 9400M and come with Core 2 Duo processor, so you have portability and gaming…

    Theres a few 12″ proper laptops around the £500/600 price if you can cope with Intel graphics.

  9. Nightblogger said:
    August 16th, 2009 8:49 PM

    “A rumoured price of £450 in the UK, which is just way too expensive. For that you can get a very good spec 15.4″ laptop.”

    But the real point is can you get a good spec 11.6″ laptop for cheaper?

    I don’t want to lug around a 15.4″ laptop (got one already!) I want a reasonably decent spec, reasonably decent netbook style laptop that will slip into a shoulder bag / backpack rather than needing a dedicated laptop bag. OK, if you can get a half-decent screen and a half-decent processor and graphics in such a form-factor for less than £450 then it will get my money.

    At the moment it’s down to whether Samsung get this N510 or Acer get their Timeline 1810/1410T to the shops first!

  10. Me said:
    August 22nd, 2009 11:28 PM

    Total novice here, but I’m shopping netbooks in stores and the one I like best is the Samsung N120 because of its speakers built in on either side of the screen. I can hear them! That’s the crazy thing about the other netbooks I’ve seen, you can’t hear the damn things. I don’t see those screen-mounted speakers on the N510 photos linked at , which I find discouraging. I also want Linux, not Windows never again! Is there any problem overwriting Windows or dual booting Linux on a Samsung notebook? I haven’t bought yet, but that’s what I want.

  11. G@zz@ said:
    August 31st, 2009 1:55 PM

    For me its not about portability, I just like Netbooks compared to a laptop. However when they start hitting the £450-£500 price point, which most of these new releases seem to be doing, I personally have to consider my options and get the best for my money.

  12. Avid said:
    August 31st, 2009 5:31 PM

    Well, hope the GTA4 works well, I mean atleast 25-30 FPS in the lowest setting but higher resolution…
    The Asus N10J A2 gave 12-15 FPS in the lowest detail & lower resolution. It had a 256MB 9300 Nvidia graphic card, however the processor was N270.
    So, if this can run GTA4, why not the Samsung N510 which has an N280 with a 9400 GPU run it well…..?

  13. Avid said:
    September 1st, 2009 1:53 PM

    For me, it is the portability & size factor that is more of a concern. And yes, ‘heavy gaming’ capability with ‘future proof’.
    I heard that the CULV, Core 2 Duo ‘ultra low voltage’ processors are out for notebooks. Why don’t they use that? Is it less effective than N280? And why 9400 GPU? Why can’t it be 9600 GPU (512 MB)?
    Okay, guys after making some research I found out that the Asus N10J-A2, Lenovo S12, Samsung N510,….. are some of the netbooks that I feel is powerful yet small. Out of these the Samsung N510 seems to fit the bill.
    Its got the N280, better than Lenovo S12 & Asus N10J.
    A 9400 GPU (Please let me know whether it is 256 or 512MB).
    11.6-inch. Here, the resolution is best (Samsung N510: 1366 x 768) when compared to Asus N10J which has only 1024 x 600.

    The only thing here that we need to know is whether it can handle GTA 4 well.
    If it plays the game smoothly, then rest of the games can play very well.
    Remember GTA 4 is CPU dependent also.
    So, it would be great if this ‘small wonder’ can play it.
    I have seen videos where it handles HD videos without any glitches.
    I feel they could have made the netbook smaller. The NC10 was good and chic.

  14. Chrissz said:
    September 3rd, 2009 2:32 PM

    Well, I bought it yesterday.
    I already own a NC10.
    But the graphic performance is way below my expectations!!
    I can play 720p and 1080p HD content on the NC10 easily but the N510 you can’t play it. Check this benchmark NC10 vs N510 I made and posted on (dutch).

  15. Avid said:
    September 3rd, 2009 5:19 PM

    First of all, congrats on your purchase Chrissz…
    Had a look at your benchmark.
    1080p HD cannot play?
    I don’t remember the link, but just google and see, there is a video that clearly shows the NC10 & N510 next to each other, playing the HD video…
    The N510 plays it so smoothly, whereas the NC10 struggles to make the video playback smooth…. I mean it stutters, stops…. and continues…
    If this is the case with the Samsung N510, hey…. wait a sec…. do you have the “ION LE” processor?
    Cause I read somewhere that the “ION” original’ processor would be available only after October…
    Just check your specifications.

    And I did some research, and there is one model that has an ATI 3450 (256 MB) with N280 processor (1.66 GHZ), 10.1 inches.
    Its the Asus EEE PC 1000HV.
    Yes, Asus has come out with this one after the N10J-A2, which had the 9300 GPU (256 MB).
    I also heard that the ATi 3450 is equal to the nVidia 9400 GPU. Is it?

    I think this a good one.
    Small form factor – 10.1 inches.
    Best CPU – N280 and not N270!
    Best GPU? – ATi 3450 (256 MB)
    Better Company? – Asus (Is Samsung leading in the laptop section?)
    Can this handle GTA4?

  16. kod3 said:
    September 21st, 2009 3:40 PM

    as u guyz were doin i too had been researching the netbook industry 4 like a month now in search most powerful netbook. Delay of lenovo s12 has really made ma life miserable. For me portability is a bigconcern but i cannot compromize on my gaming also thus yet to make my mind up to either wait for lenovo s12 or jst go n buy n510. Plz suggest

  17. Vincent said:
    September 22nd, 2009 11:43 AM

    I would personally go for the N510, because 1366×768 is better then 1280×800 to me.
    It is also a bit smaller 11,6 vs 12,1″, which I also like better.
    Last but not least, it is available now with ION (I only found S12 with GMA 950).
    Battery life seems Ok too.

    For me the final decision will be about running OS X :).
    If anyone got it working , please let me know.

  18. kod3 said:
    September 22nd, 2009 3:10 PM

    Now something new has just popped in,
    The product manual for samsung N510 was just released few days back and it states that the graphic card is Nvidia ION LE ( not original ION ) which only supports direct X 9 not 10.
    Since xp cannot support Dx10 so its OS would be xp only and even if u upgrade to win 7 later u would not be able to utilize the power of DX10

    I thus think its mch btr to jst wait n watch till november before jumpin in any conclusion

  19. Avid said:
    September 30th, 2009 2:27 PM

    I agree with kod3. Hey kod3, I appreciate your research work. Am also like you. Each and everyday, I google out whether any new gaming capable netbooks are out. Let us and wait and take the best decision rather than spending it on less powerful netbooks.

    Another issue is the OS. Whatever latest OS comes out, nothing can beat the XP Pro. Why don’t the companies understand and issue appropriate drivers for all the OS? There are people like me who are very comfortable with this OS and also have compatible software applications and games that support only XP and not Vista or Windows7..

    Due to this restriction of using only the given OS which officially supports the PC is not kind enough. There are methods of downloading the drivers individually from the respective sites, but its on experiment basis … which may or may not function.

    Let us wait for The Perfect Netbook.


  20. B Cohen said:
    September 30th, 2009 4:06 PM

    Bought one on Monday from at £391 which was much cheaper than other places (expansys, carphone warhouse, amazon etc all more expensive) and it just turned up! Am sooooo excited!

    Will let you know how it gets on with the latest Heroes in HD when it finally finishes downloading!;)

    I went to Tott Ct Rd in London to have a play with all the coollest netbooks – this isn’t the most stylish but def has the best spec for my needs,although was tempted to get a compaq 702 as a much cheaper alternative – very well made for £250 i thought.

  21. Avid said:
    October 1st, 2009 8:38 AM

    Hey Congrats on your purchase, B Cohen.

    Do let us know whether the GTA 4 works on this system. If it works, any game would work on this machine, keeping in mind that this has the Nvidia ION LE.

    Its getting more interesting.. he he

  22. Ed said:
    November 2nd, 2009 10:16 PM

    Replying to Avid’s comments on Windows 7 – The home premium comes with XP compatibility kit which enables you to run things that are only XP compatible. I too am wanting a N510, but I would like it to come with Windows 7. I have been waiting since about July for the right netbook to come along, and if they release the N510 within the next few weeks, then I will be going for it for definate.

  23. lexkarlie said:
    May 1st, 2010 7:59 PM

    just bought a SAMSUNG-N510 JA03AE, still in a box as of the moment, i’m so thrilled about the way it’s going to handle my gaming .. hope it’s going to speak for itself!