Is Samsung pulling the plug on its Windows RT tablet?

Samsung has already admitted that the company won't be selling its Windows RT-based Samsung ATIV RT tablet in the US. Now a new report claims that the company is cutting its losses and won't be selling the tablet anymore in Germany and other unnamed countries in Europe.

Samsung reps who are attending the CeBIT trade show in Germany this week reportedly told the media outlet Heise.de of their plans to stop selling the Windows RT tablet . The company said it made the decision after a survey of retailers indicated there was little demand for selling the tablet. Some stores might still have a few units of the Samsung ATIV RT on store shelves, but once they are gone, that will likely be it in terms of supplies.

This new report seems to confirm that selling companies are having a hard time selling tablets that run on the ARM-based OS. While a number of PC makers, including Microsoft with the Surface RT, launched Windows RT products last fall, there have been no such new tablets released in 2013. Acer has said it will launch a Windows RT tablet sometime this year but has yet to announce a specific release date.

Source: Heise.de | Image via Samsung

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14 Comments

Good thing they are making this decision early on.

Nothing worst than buying hardware from a manufacturer and then finding out that after a year or two it is no longer supported and will never receive updates from the manufacturer.

Better off purchasing a Surface RT. At least you know that Microsoft will keep supporting the device for years to come, at least due to public pressure.

MidTxWRX said,
Good thing they are making this decision early on.

Nothing worst than buying hardware from a manufacturer and then finding out that after a year or two it is no longer supported and will never receive updates from the manufacturer.

8/RT updates are directly from Microsoft. So any tablets will "keep being supported for years to come", much like any PC.

funkydude said,

8/RT updates are directly from Microsoft. So any tablets will "keep being supported for years to come", much like any PC.


That's why I specified updates from the manufacturer (probably as far as hardware goes, firmware?)

MidTxWRX said,

Nothing worst than buying hardware from a manufacturer and then finding out that after a year or two it is no longer supported and will never receive updates from the manufacturer.

Most MFGs only support PC/Tablet style hardware for a couple of years anyway, so that's pretty much standard...

Dot Matrix said,
Surface RT > Everything else.

Eh? Surface RT > Surface Pro ? Why (as I am planning to get a pro)?

gb8080 said,

Eh? Surface RT > Surface Pro ? Why (as I am planning to get a pro)?

Meaning over anything else that runs RT... I'm assuming at least.

Maybe Windows RT should have just taken the approach of the Chromebooks. Start off with the Surface RT, build up it's reputation then allow other hardware developers get in on the action.

Is anything RT doing all that great? I think it is a good thing for Samsung from a purely business standpoint. I think RT is a good thing but just isn't all that appealing right now. Not sure what needs to be done, but something.

I personally think it should be much lighter, no Desktop Environment at all.

I think its a good call by the oems at this stage, their RT devices were more expensive than the surfaceRT and beyond a hardware dock didnt office much else. RT isnt going anywhere I think the next iteration will be interesting but till then redirect those energies to Atom/icore based models.

Great.... Before one kind actually buy/find one in the shop instead of 'in backorder', the tablet is pulled all together.

Way to go, Samsung!!!

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