KOREAN ELECTRONICS OUTFIT Samsung might be quitting the netbook business if a report on a French language web site is to be believed.
According to the report that we begrudgingly ran through Google Translate, Samsung has told its partners of its plans to shuffle off the netbook business in 2012 and will focus on ultrabooks and ultraportable 11.6 and 12 inch models 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," says the email that is reproduced at the Blogeee.net web site.
We've asked Samsung to comment and perhaps confirm that this is the case, and are waiting for a response.
In the meantime we can speculate about the decision and suggest that it might be a reflection of what has been acknowledged for some time - that netbooks are pretty boring when compared to tablets and, despite not being like for like equivalents, have become so in the minds of punters, who often prefer the latter.
While netbooks might have had their day, the same is not said about ultrabooks, and analysts who are paid to do this sort of thing are already suggesting that they will swagger into the sales charts and waltz off with just under half of the market within a couple of years.
Samsung also has a stake in the tablet market, but there it has found itself bogged down in ongoing patent disputes with Apple over its designs. µ
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