Samsung has officially announced its entry into the burgeoning netbook market with the launch of the Samsung NC10.

Samsung describes its new offering as "small, light and incredibly functional, the netbook NC10 is a stylish alternative to existing products in the space".

With some PR mumble of aiming the device at the "kinetic elite", the ultra-portable will come in a choice of colours - white, piano black and metallic blue.

A 10.2-inch offering, the WSVGA LED display has a resolution of 1024 x 600, the NC10 weighs in at 1.33kg with a 6 cell battery (that claims up to 8 hours juice) and boasts a "normal-size, ergonomic" notebook PC style keyboard.

With an Intel Atom processor, the netbook will offer Microsoft Windows XP Home and either an 80GB or 160GB hard disk drive.

The NC10 offers 802.11b/g wireless LAN, 10/100 Ethernet LAN and optional Bluetooth 2.0+EDR.

Others specs include webcam, 3-in-1 multi-memory card reader, a VGA connection, mic in, headphone out and three USB ports.

The Samsung NC10 will launch in October 2008 with a selling price quoted as "up to" £329 excluding VAT.