Samsung beefs up notebook roster

Samsung has announced the launch of its newest notebook computer series, the Samsung R30 series featuring the R430 and R530 and the Samsung R80 series including the R480, R580 and R780, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The 80 series multimedia machines are available in Samsung’s Touch of Color gradation with various patterns. The R480 and R580 (pictured) models include Blu-Ray optical drives for movie freaks and the Nvidia GeForce graphics card included in the R580 and R780 will appeal to the gaming fraternity.

HD LED backlit displays (17.3” – R780, 15.6” – R580, 14.0” – R480) reportedly provide the sharp images and bold colors with a proper 16:9 aspect ratio.

Based on the Intel Core i5 430M processor, the 80 series comes equipped with a 500 GB hard drive, a 1.3MP Web cam and integrated microphone.

The R30 series features the Samsung R430 and Samsung R530 which use the the Intel Core 2 Duo T6600 processor and contain a 320GB hard drive. They each pack 4GB DDR3 memory and an Intel GMA 4500MHD graphics card. The R530 also comes equipped with a 17-key numeric keypad.

The R430 and R530 will sell for $670, and the R780 for $929, and are available now.

The R480 and R580 will be available from March 2010 at $829 and $949 respectively.

Samsung R480/ R580

- CPU: Intel Core i3-330M Processor/ Intel Core i5-430M Processor
- Memory: 4GB (DDR3 / 2GB x 2)
- Screen: 14.0”/15.6" LED HD
- Resolution: 1366 x 768
- Graphics: nVIDIA GeForce GT 310M (R580)
- Intel GMA 4500 MHD (R480)
- Speakers: 3 W Stereo Speaker (1.5 W x 2)
- Audio technology: HD Audio- Web camera: 1.3 MP- Internal microphone
- Hard Drive: 500GB 5400 RPM- Wireless LAN: 802.11bg/n- LAN: Gigabit Ethernet

Samsung R780
- CPU: Intel Core i5-430M Processor
- Memory: 4 GB (DDR3 / 2GB x 2)
- Display: 17.3" LED HD+
- Resolution: 1600 x 900
- Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GT 330M
- Speakers: 4 W Stereo Speaker (2 W x 2)
- Audio technology: HD Audio
- Webcam: 1.3 MP
- Hard Drive: 500GB 5400 RPM
- Wireless LAN: 802.11bg/n
- LAN: Gigabit Ethernet
- Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR

Samsung R430 / R530
- CPU: Intel Core2 Duo T6600 Processor
- Memory: 4 GB (DDR3 / 2GB x 2)
- Display: 14.0" LED HD (R430) / 15.6" LED HD (R530)
- Resolution: 1366 x 768
- Graphics: Intel GMA 4500MHD
- Speakers: 3 W Stereo Speaker (1.5 W x 2)
- Audio technology: HD Audio
- Webcam
- Hard Drive: 320GB 5400 RPM
- Wireless LAN: 802.11bg/n
- LAN: 10/100 Ethernet