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.