Rumor: Samsung could dump netbooks for Ultrabooks

Samsung's netbook may go the way of the Dodo pretty soon if a new rumor is to be believed. MaximumPC.com reports via a French web site that Samsung has sent an email to its various partners that it plans to no longer make any more products in its netbook PC line by the first quarter of 2012. If true that means that Samsung will be dumping its 10.1 inch-based notebooks such as the 10NC.

In its place, the rumor claims that Samsung will be making larger ultraportable notebooks with screens that will be bigger than its netbooks, measuring 11.6 inches and 12 inches. In addition, the story claims that Samsung will also be entering the Ultrabook business, making notebooks that will be based on Intel's thin-and-light form factor that are mean to be similar to Apple's MacBook Air.

Samsung has already announced its plans to make tablet-style devices that will run Windows 8. If the company also plans to make ultraportables and Ultrabooks, you can bet that those products will be running Windows 8 as well. It will be interesting to see if Samsung can make Ultrabooks that people will want to buy. So far it appears that sales of Ultrabook-based notebooks have not been as successful as first predicted.

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Netbooks were already pointless - I don't see what "ultrabooks" will do to make them any different.

What next? Superbooks? and then Perfectbooks?

Wakers said,
Netbooks were already pointless - I don't see what "ultrabooks" will do to make them any different.

What next? Superbooks? and then Perfectbooks?


Agreed. It's Intel's attempt to forestall the decline of the power hungry x86 market, in vain I might add, because nothing can stop the obsolescence of the wintel monopoly. x86 is finished, and so is Windows

Joey S said,

Agreed. It's Intel's attempt to forestall the decline of the power hungry x86 market, in vain I might add, because nothing can stop the obsolescence of the wintel monopoly. x86 is finished, and so is Windows

LOL, I'm getting the feeling that you really believe that…^^

Joey S said,

Agreed. It's Intel's attempt to forestall the decline of the power hungry x86 market, in vain I might add, because nothing can stop the obsolescence of the wintel monopoly. x86 is finished, and so is Windows

I agree, Windows is totally finished, it has just 90% market share. That's just negligible.

.. Please don't tell me you're one of those believers that Windows is going to "die". In that case, it should have "died" 785353789 times already.

Joey S said,

Agreed. It's Intel's attempt to forestall the decline of the power hungry x86 market, in vain I might add, because nothing can stop the obsolescence of the wintel monopoly. x86 is finished, and so is Windows

You do realize that Windows 8 runs on ARM, don't you? They'll be able to put it in the same form factor as all those useless tablets, which might make that form factor usable for SOMETHING.

Well, I haven't touched my ipad much since I got my MB air ... I guess it depends on why you use it. Can't wait to see the windows based ultrabooks in belgium !

Frank Reymenants said,
Well, I haven't touched my ipad much since I got my MB air ... I guess it depends on why you use it. Can't wait to see the windows based ultrabooks in belgium !

+1

I don't see tablet computers replacing laptops anytime soon until Windows 8 arrives,

Frank Reymenants said,
Well, I haven't touched my ipad much since I got my MB air ... I guess it depends on why you use it. Can't wait to see the windows based ultrabooks in belgium !

Oh that's right. I forgot it was a 50/50 split on that thing either being a laptop or a netbook.

Estienne Taylor said,

I don't see tablet computers replacing laptops anytime soon until Windows 8 arrives,

They already are. That's why PC shipments are declining. Most people no longer need laptops, netbooks, or even PC's these days. A tablet is good enough. That cannibalisation will soon spread to the Xbox and other consoles too.

Microsoft is in real trouble.

Joey S said,

They already are. That's why PC shipments are declining. Most people no longer need laptops, netbooks, or even PC's these days. A tablet is good enough. That cannibalisation will soon spread to the Xbox and other consoles too.

Microsoft is in real trouble.


Right, all those XBox's and PS's are going to be replaced by tablets… /s

Joey S said,

They already are. That's why PC shipments are declining. Most people no longer need laptops, netbooks, or even PC's these days. A tablet is good enough. That cannibalisation will soon spread to the Xbox and other consoles too.

Microsoft is in real trouble.


Right, all those XBox's and PS's are going to be replaced by tablets… /s

MFH said,

Right, all those XBox's and PS's are going to be replaced by tablets… /s

LOL, that dude is just really locked up in his little Anti-M$ world.

Estienne Taylor said,

Netbook has it's place in the market for people wanting a netbook over a tablet computer.

I'm sure if the choice is taken away, a tablet will more than suit their needs.

Nashy said,

I'm sure if the choice is taken away, a tablet will more than suit their needs.


Please show me a tablet that can be used in university for the following things:
1. type during lecture without looking on the screen
2. annotate OneNote workbooks (preferably with a stylus)
3. present running code (C/C++, C#, Java,…) of assignments

MFH said,

Please show me a tablet that can be used in university for the following things:
1. type during lecture without looking on the screen
2. annotate OneNote workbooks (preferably with a stylus)
3. present running code (C/C++, C#, Java,…) of assignments

+1

Even tablets with keyboards such as the Asus Transformer are not capable of running the same development tools as Windows or Linux.

MFH said,

Please show me a tablet that can be used in university for the following things:
1. type during lecture without looking on the screen

Plug in a USB keyboard, or use something like Asus' keyboard dock.
MFH said,

2. annotate OneNote workbooks (preferably with a stylus)

You use a stylus with a Netbook?

If you want Microsoft OS/software, you'll either have to use a Windows 7 tablet, or get a netbook/laptop. For everyone else there's an equivalent free tool on Android

MFH said,

3. present running code (C/C++, C#, Java,…) of assignments

Tablets aren't really designed to be development platforms. Hell, even Netbooks aren't either. Although you can compile/run C/Java code on an Android device. As far as C# goes, that's just another Microsoft proprietary platform we can do without thanks very much

Edited by Joey S, Nov 28 2011, 3:35pm :

Joey S said,

Plug in a USB keyboard, or use something like Asus' keyboard dock.

Yeah the IDE will magically start working on Android… I'm gonna call Apple on that one, they sure have a patent for that!

Joey S said,

You use a stylus with a Netbook?

No, but if I had a tablet it would have to do MORE than the netbook and writing with a stylus in OneNote would be a perfect example for that.

Joey S said,
If you want Microsoft OS/software, you'll either have to use a Windows 7 tablet, or get a netbook/laptop. For everyone else there's an equivalent free tool on Android

Name the software the completes/beates OneNote. I dare you to find one that beats it!

Joey S said,

As far as C# goes, that's just another Microsoft proprietary platform we can do without thanks very much

You know that Java is no official standard, right? It's as proprietary as .NET. Actually it's even more proprietary, for .NET there are actually standards - for the first versions…

Joey S said,

Tablets aren't really designed to be development platforms. Hell, even Netbooks aren't either.

True, but you can still DO it.. You never know.. Netbooks can be used for almost ANYTHING a PC can do. Tablets can be used for ... internetting, playing some retarded games and looking cool.

Joey S said,

Plug in a USB keyboard, or use something like Asus' keyboard dock.

You use a stylus with a Netbook?

If you want Microsoft OS/software, you'll either have to use a Windows 7 tablet, or get a netbook/laptop. For everyone else there's an equivalent free tool on Android


Tablets aren't really designed to be development platforms. Hell, even Netbooks aren't either. Although you can compile/run C/Java code on an Android device. As far as C# goes, that's just another Microsoft proprietary platform we can do without thanks very much

Way to ignore valid points.
Tablets are even less useful than netbooks. They're toys.

Jarrichvdv said,
They better do, nothing ever made me want a netbook actually.

Me too, but it's for the less rich people and/or people who want really portable devices (which you can actually use, before saying TABLET TABLET ..). Not everyone can afford a $1000 laptop.

They say that Ultrabooks will reach around 50% of the notebook sales in 2015. Can't see them taking any share off the tablet market unless when Windows 8 comes out they are a lot cheaper, have dedicated GPU's and have touchscreen display's. Right now they are expensive, low preformance laptops with a premium price just for the nice looks.

Expensive, yes.
Problem is, they are priced too closed to MacBook Air, which is currently dominating the 1K-1.5K USD market..
The ones on the market are good looking but won't succed until they are priced below MacBook Air.
UltraBooks, in my opinion, should be around 750 to 850 USD
Or maybe, it will stay the same and we'll see them rise with Windows 8

Muhammad Farrukh said,
Expensive, yes.
Problem is, they are priced too closed to MacBook Air, which is currently dominating the 1K-1.5K USD market..
The ones on the market are good looking but won't succed until they are priced below MacBook Air.
UltraBooks, in my opinion, should be around 750 to 850 USD
Or maybe, it will stay the same and we'll see them rise with Windows 8

Ultrabook prices will down come in in a year or two when more manufactures develop and compete in the same market.