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Samsung may scrap netbooks as Galaxy Tab, iPad take hold

updated 07:40 am EST, Fri November 25, 2011

Samsung sees 10in netbooks going away in 2012

A Samsung message reportedly going out to business partners has the company quitting the netbook business. In line with a "new 2012 strategy," Blogeee read that Samsung would quit all its 10-inch netbooks, instead leaving just 11.6- and 12-inch ultrabooks and other notebooks. The strategy wouldn't preclude netbook-class processors, but it would see the company exit the traditional category and raise the baseline for its notebook prices.

The company hasn't publicly confirmed the strategy.

If accurate, Samsung's move would make it the first top five PC builder to drop netbooks altogether. Acer, Dell, HP, and Lenovo all still have at least one model left. Other major companies like ASUS are still committed and have multiple netbooks or, like Sony, were only briefly involved at most.

Any exit would likely be an admission that tablets were taking over the role that netbooks once played, including through Samsung's own Galaxy Tab lineup. Most of the erosion of the mini notebooks has come due to Apple, which pioneered the modern mobile OS tablet field with the iPad and still has a clear majority of the market. Acer's heavy dependence on netbooks in the past has seen it punished in sales as it only gradually moves over to tablets.

By Electronista Staff


  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Nov 2008


    I thought there were so many

    people that claimed the Windows netbook was far superior to the iPad due to it being cheaper, having a keyboard, running Flash and many more ports. The iPad winning in sales despite all those supposed drawbacks certainly must prove there's actually something useful about the iPad than being just a temporary fad.

  1. BigMac2

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Dec 2000


    Microsoft killed the Netbook

    When Netbooks first comes out few years ago, they were all running some sort of Linux. It was a promising platform free of Windows and Microsoft got scare more than anything to see Windows market falling so they put back Windows NT in sales specifically for winning back Netbook market. Ever since, Netbook becomes unusable toys computer.

    Ultrabook will suffer the same fate as long they will running Windows, there is not value within Windows, it's only a disguise taxes within the price of the computer.

  1. SockRolid

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Jan 2010


    Rock and a hard place

    Rock: low end netbooks with razor-thin profits.

    Hard Place: high end Ultrabooks with few buyers.

    Take your pick. Unprofitability at the low end or unprofitability at the high end. You lose either way. Good move Samsung.

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