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.