Korean electronics maker Samsung has been producing high quality netbooks since 2008. But there’s an unconfirmed report from Blogeee suggesting that Samsung could get out of the netbook game in 2012, instead shifting its focus to notebooks with 11.6 inch and 12.1 inch displays, including ultrabooks.
The move wouldn’t be a huge shock. Ultraportable laptops and ultrabooks sell for higher prices and offer higher profit margins. While netbooks originally sold for $400 and up, 10 inch netbooks with Intel Atom processors have gotten cheaper and cheaper over the past few years, often selling for as little as $200.
The market is also much more saturated today than it was in 2008, with dozens, if not hundreds of netbook models available for purchase. It’s much harder to stand out in the netbook space today than it was a few years ago.
Still, it would be disappointing to see Samsung end its netbook line, since the company has a pretty good track record of producing mini-laptops with sturdy designs, decent keyboards, and attractive styles.
Even if Samsung does end production of 10.1 inch netbooks though, it doesn’t mean the company is giving up on thin, light, and affordable laptops. This year the company introduced new 11.6 inch and 12.5 inch notebooks as part of its Samsung Series 3 laptop line including models with Intel Core i3 or AMD E-350 processors which sell for $500 or less.