Samsung denies pulling out of desktop PC business

Faster than you can say: "They make desktops?" Samsung has issued a statement denying a report that it is pulling out of the desktop PC market, making the rumor from yesterday a big fat porky.

Engadget staff reached out to Samsung and received the following statement:

The rumor that Samsung is withdrawing from the PC desktop business is groundless. Samsung will continue to offer diverse products according to market needs, including our recently announced ATIV One 5 Style, a stylish all-in-one PC. We will continue to open all possibilities in PC business including our PC Tower business, to satisfy consumer's diverse lifestyle and needs.

The report from yesterday claimed the sector was "unprofitable" and that "demand for conventional desktop PCs is going down," an additional unnamed spokesperson also claimed that "tablets, all-in-one and hybrid PCs are Samsung's current focus,"

Not so then.

Actually, in January Samsung released two desktop PC's for the Korean market.

Samsung also reminded Engadget that they recently released two tower PC's specifically for the Korean market in January, the 700T3A and 300T3A respectively, there's no word on anything similar for the rest of the world though.

Source: Engadget | Image via Engadget

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People confuse the fact that the desktop market continues to contract with a, "Sky is falling" mindset. Desktops still serve a very real purpose for many users. Laptops became sexier and now tablets have become sexier.

When a company like Apple or Google shows up with a compelling tiny or custom desktop box that redefines the whole thing, expect people to be amazed by the fact that the desktop is resurgent. It won't be that amazing to me because I wholly expect it. If you have a tablet to do your mobility, you don't need a laptop, too. You need a desktop with more performance and cheaper costs to go with it.

Tablets take away most of the advantages of having a laptop, so why not partner that tablet and smartphone with a desktop instead? Just wait till someone with some marketing savvy pushes this and see what happens.

So if there is no truth to this.. how come all those websites were blaming Windows 8? They made it sound as if Samsung had said they were stopping their desktop business because of Windows 8.

Because it's far easier (and safer) to blame Microsoft than to actually do some HOMEWORK and realize that the moribundiity of the desktop formfactor dates back to Windows 7. All-in-ones aren't new, even for the PC - have we forgotten niche boxes like Gateway's Dimension and even Next Computer's *original* NextCube? What makes the rebirth of the AIO outstanding today is that touch-screens are now standard fare, along with the computing power of today's AIO for the price. Then we have tablets, slates, and convertibles - most of which borrow heavily, if not completely, from the netbook-murderer Ultrabook. How much of it would have even been POSSIBLE without the capability and adaptability that Windows 8 has? It's why I'm going to be interested in the one-year numbers for the refreshed MacBooks - that will REALLY tell if the slump was simply the economy showing itself.

Because Samsung has made no attempt to hide their dislike for Microsoft, Windows 8, or its (lack of) effect on PC sales. I suspect a lot of this has to do with the fact MS extorted Samsung over Android a few years back into licensing terms that SEEM to have included forcing Samsung into making a few Windows Phone devices equivalent to Android ones as well as charging them a licensing fee for Android when Google charges nothing for the OS at all.

Ever since, Samsung has been mostly antagonistic toward MS. They were especially gleeful when Windows RT proved to be nothing short of a non-starter.

jren207 said,
I've never, ever, seen a Samsung desktop computer... Until now!

Then perhaps you should get out more.

Samsung just released a string of ATIV Pc;s just a few days ago. What raving idiotic fool, would say they are pulling out the market? They just spent money to manufacture new PC's.

What do you think will replace them? Tablets? Until I can get a 12-core XEON tablet with a desktop interface with 10 TB of storage, it will never happen.

Programming (making games), video editing and rendering (CUDA cores are also nice for what I do), 3d Modeling and need the ability to record multiple audio channels. What will be a replacement for that?

LOL no. Apps that are feature-rich tend to take more space on the screen, and therefore, this is where the mouse it good at.

Touch is for quick tasks.

Don't tell that to these simpletons, Desktop CPU will be forever ahead of the mark when it comes to raw power. If we ever lose this market forget about advancement in technology and enthusiast community that inspires so many innovations.

Laptops are already replacing them and those all-in-ones. I don't see that many desktops in best buy these days. Most people are purchasing laptops. There will always be desktops but they aren't as popular like they use to be.

It won't die, it will just be a smaller segment catered to by a smaller amount of manufacturers. Most OEM's will be strictly laptop/tablet/phone makers. There will still be a market, albeit a small one, for desktop power for quite some time.

Although I agree that desktop PCs will never go away but it will be mostly us content creators that will be using them since consumers will most likely shift to tablets/phones/laptops only.

Unfortunately it means that prices will probably go up since there will be less demand.

I disagree. Eventually processing will become biological and then eventually maybe even utilize or augment our own brain. We won't need tablets or input devices. However, our body/brains will be limited and will not be able to operate as a super computer therefore we will still have a desktop and larger depending on the computing needs. That is my guess. What do you guys think?

Lol tablets will never have the power of a 12 core XEON?

hahahaha you people are funny. You do realize there's tablets out there with i5's right.
They have the power of a 3-4 year old desktop.
So just move 3-4 years in the future and today's CPU's can be found in tablets.

Actually I lol at you for your statement. Fact is, those "tablets" with i5 cpu's get no better battery power than a notebook . They are in fact a notebook, with all the heat and fan included.

My Windows 8 Desktop PC will boot up in 8 seconds, unlike any of the tablets do (from completely off to the login). Any desktop PC also kills any tablet, or notebook. Just because both have the same CPU means very little, as desktop CPU's are far superior.

My Desktop PC has 27" monitor, good luck getting that on any tablet or laptop. Yeah you could hook your TV up to it, but then your just basically back to a WAY underpowered desktop.

No one does any true productivity work on a tablet, and that is fact. The screen is just too small, and that will never change. Yet the ignorant people who don't know what a real computer is, can't comprehend that.

This doesn't even take into account the endless storage you can have with a desktop. And no, cloud storage does not count, as it has way too many drawbacks. I could go on and on.

Deihmos said,
The desktop PC business will eventually die.

I'm just going to quote Nathan Lineback again.

Nathan Lineback said,
Ask your local gamer if they can install 8 high end video cards on a cell phone. Ask your local manufacturer if they can run their industrial supply line off of an iPad. Ask a movie junky if they can put their 60 terabyte RAID array in an e-Reader.

Some idiots realized all they ever used a computer for was looking at pictures of cats and random clips from "Family Guy", and replaced it with a mobile device. That does not, by any stretch of the imagination, mean that the PC is dead.

So i5's == dual hexacore XEONS with hyper threading (24 virtual cores)? I did not know that.

I also did not know that tablets can also have 64 GB of memory and support multiple TBs of data.

I also did not know I could hook up my dual GTX 680 to a tablet and play Crysis 3 at max.

Face it. Tablets will never catch up to desktops (or workstations like what I have). Laptops are not even a match for a really powerful desktop (with a desktop graphics card, storage capabilities, and more).

jd100 said,
Actually I lol at you for your statement. Fact is, those "tablets" with i5 cpu's get no better battery power than a notebook . They are in fact a notebook, with all the heat and fan included.

My Windows 8 Desktop PC will boot up in 8 seconds, unlike any of the tablets do (from completely off to the login). Any desktop PC also kills any tablet, or notebook. Just because both have the same CPU means very little, as desktop CPU's are far superior.

My Desktop PC has 27" monitor, good luck getting that on any tablet or laptop. Yeah you could hook your TV up to it, but then your just basically back to a WAY underpowered desktop.

No one does any true productivity work on a tablet, and that is fact. The screen is just too small, and that will never change. Yet the ignorant people who don't know what a real computer is, can't comprehend that.

This doesn't even take into account the endless storage you can have with a desktop. And no, cloud storage does not count, as it has way too many drawbacks. I could go on and on.


Who cares about power usage. The Surface does pretty well in the battery time area with its i5.
The surface for example boots within those 8 seconds btw, instant on anyone?

And a 27inch screen on a tablet. Either you are sitting 50cm+ away from your monitor behind your desktop. Or you have to keep moving your eyes into the corners, which is tiring on your eyes. Or move your neck to view the corners, which is bad for your neck.
Figuring that one uses a 27inch screen as a tablet, at ~20cm from their face. the screen is MUCH, MUCH to large for proper ergonomic usage.

And no true productivity? Dock a tablet and you have a Desktop/Laptop.
Most people do not need more then the low-mid end AMD/Intel quad core to be very productive. And we're almost there into having that kind of power in a tablet.

Northgrove said,
Expert Samsung PR team: Markets a product while debunking rumors of withdrawal.

Won't be surprised if they planted the false rumor in the first place...