When it comes to laptops, Samsung has created more than their fair share of devices. In fact products like the Samsung Series 9 Ultrabooks have proven to be pretty popular, but according to a report from DigiTimes, it seems that Samsung could be looking to put an end to the launch of conventional notebook models come 2015. The company is expected to continue pushing out Chromebooks but as far as R&D is concerned for future laptop models, Samsung will be putting an end to that.
According to DigiTimes, the reason is that while Samsung did enjoy growth for its Windows-based notebooks several years ago, that growth has since been stunted due to a decreasing demand in laptops as well as stiff competition from other laptop manufacturers such as Lenovo, who many years ago acquired IBM’s ThinkPad and who has since started to create ThinkPad laptops of their own. Based on the report, Samsung is said to have set their goal of 7 million laptops to be shipped in 2014, which is decrease of 41.67% from 2013 where they managed 12 million units, which was also actually a miss for Samsung who estimated 17 million units shipped last year.
In any case take it with a grain of salt for now, especially since DigiTimes’ track record for rumors has been spotty at best. Hopefully Samsung will have something official to announce or deny, but in the meantime how do you guys feel about Samsung potentially no longer launching conventional notebooks come 2015?