Acer, HP, Asus, Lenovo, and Dell are all known primarily as PC makers. Samsung? Not so much. The company makes consumer electronics ranging from televisions and Blu-ray players to smartphones. But Samsung also makes some of the most popular mini-laptops around, and according to DigiTimes, Samsung is poised to become the number 2 netbook vendor in Europe soon.
During the first half of 2009, Samsung shipped 2.15 million netbooks, and a million of those went to Europe. DigiTimes’ sources say during the third quarter of 2009, Samsung could step up its game and take the number two spot, which means it would leap over HP and Asus, while trailing only Acer.
That’s in Europe anyway, where Samsung is selling netbooks both directly to consumers and in partnership with wireless carriers that bundle netbooks with 3G service plans.
Samsung has also been rapidly growing its netbook and mini-laptop lineup. The company is currently offering a variety of 10 inch models including the N110, N120, N140, and N310 as well as 11 to 12 inch models including the Samsung NC20 and N510.