Samsung looking to stop netbook production next year

Posted on Nov 28 2011 - 3:24am by Julius

South Korean electronics giant Samsung might be stopping the production of netbooks if a report on a French web site is to be believed.

According to the French site, the company told its partners about its plans to quit the netbook business next year, and will start focusing on ultraportable 11.6- and 12-inch models and ultrabooks instead.

“Following the introduction of our new strategy in 2012, we stop the product range in 10.1 inch Netbook in Q1 2012 for the benefit of Ultraportables products (11.6 and 12 inches) and ultrabooks to be launched in 2012,” Samsung wrote in an email sent to its partners that was reported by the French site.

While netbooks have been built to be an inexpensive line of ultraportable PCs, these systems were never used as normal PCs. Netbooks turned out to be too slow for more demanding applications and were turned down users, mostly professional and multimedia-savvy users.

One of the netbook’s benefits is its size, which is more portable than others. But with the introduction of the MacBook Air and ultrabooks by rival companies like ASUS and Acer, they became the more attractive option.

It is not surprising that Samsung wants to discontinue its netbook line, as tablets like its Galaxy Tabs offer basic computing functionality. Even though netbooks will still sell in some markets at a certain price-point, its popularity will continue to decrease.


via: Geeky Gadgets

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