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Samsung denies claims of desktop PC exit

Samsung denies claims of desktop PC exit

Samsung's desktop PC business is not, contrary to rumour, closing down - but the company hasn't ruled out shrinking its efforts down to match slowing demand.

Reports that Samsung is to exit the desktop PC business in order to better concentrate on smartphone and tablet products have been denied by the company, but in such a way that doesn't close the door to dramatic reductions in output.

While Samsung may be better known for its Galaxy range of smartphones, tablets, and awkwardly-named 'phablets' - a truly horrendous portmanteau of 'phone' and 'tablet,' used to describe large-screen smartphones which make you look a right plonker when held up to the ear - it also enjoys considerable success with its laptop products and, to a lesser extent, its desktop machines. As well as its Chromebox - a small form factor device based around Google's Linux-powered Chrome OS - the company offers a wide range of all-in-one systems in the UK, include a range of Windows 8 touch-screen devices.

The winds of change are blowing, however, with the PC market continuing to decline as mobile and smartphone sales flourish. A new report from market research firm Gartner suggests that by the end of 2013 worldwide sales of traditional desktops and laptops will be down by more than 10 per cent, with further losses predicted for 2014. Combined with similar reports from the International Data Corporation, including the largest sales slump on record, and it's sombre reading for companies that don't have a mobile strategy in place.

That's not a problem for Samsung, of course: its Galaxy product family has the high-end smartphone market all but sewn up, with rival manufacturers other than Apple barely able to get a look in, and does brisk business at the budget end of the market as well. Yesterday, the Korea Times reported that this hadn't gone unnoticed at Samsung - and that the company would be closing its desktop PC division altogether, to better allocate resources to where the growth can be found.

'Demand for conventional desktop PCs is going down,' the paper quotes an unnamed Samsung spokesperson as saying. 'We will allocate our resources to popular connected and portable devices.' Another unnamed representative appeared to confirm that statement: 'Tablets, all-in-one and hybrid PCs are Samsung's current focus. Samsung is speeding up its restructuring of its PC business via product realignment toward profitable variants.'

Reports of Samsung's exit from the desktop PC market soon spread, but according to the company it's all a load of hooey. In a statement provided to bit-tech, a Samsung spokesperson explained: 'The rumour that Samsung is withdrawing from the desktop PC business is groundless. Samsung will continue to offer diverse PC products according to consumer and market needs.'

While the statement doesn't rule out a reduction in its desktop PC efforts - note that the spokesperson clearly indicates that the company's offerings are entirely dependent on 'consumer and market needs,' and we're already seeing the market for desktop machines shrink in favour of portable devices - it seems that, for now, rumours of the PC division's demise have been greatly exaggerated.

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Griffter 25th June 2013, 12:42 Quote
just dont stop making your lovely tv's
B1GBUD 25th June 2013, 14:29 Quote
Or SSDs, Monitors, HDDs.... I could go on....
schmidtbag 25th June 2013, 14:29 Quote
While I don't think Samsung makes desktop computers, I'm glad to know, as an enthusiast, that desktops won't be dying off any time soon. Just the other day I had a friend who wanted to get a laptop replacement of his workstation, which would cost about $2000, while his current computer cost about $500 (albeit, it involved some used parts such as the tower, HDD, and PSU). So even in a desktop vs laptop perspective, we're a pretty far way away from replacing modern mid-range desktop computers with laptops, and laptops (excluding netbooks) are considerably more powerful than most tablets.
faugusztin 25th June 2013, 14:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by schmidtbag
While I don't think Samsung makes desktop computers

They do, for Korea : http://www.samsung.com/sec/consumer/it/desktop-nettop
Gareth Halfacree 25th June 2013, 14:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by schmidtbag
While I don't think Samsung makes desktop computers [...]
Eh? You can buy its all-in-one units right now, if you'd like. If you mean *traditional* desktops - i.e. separate boxes that aren't built into a monitor - then there's the Chromebox (£279 from John Lewis, and you get six months of free broadband) and while they're not available in the UK these days internationally Samsung makes a bunch of successors to its old MagicStation and similar towers and desktops. Heck, a cursory glance at Samsung's Korean homepage reveals three different models of Windows 8 desktop, not counting the all-in-one to the right.
SchizoFrog 25th June 2013, 17:50 Quote
Samsung doesn't make HDDs any more. They sold that off a few years ago to Seagate.
fluxtatic 26th June 2013, 08:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by SchizoFrog
Samsung doesn't make HDDs any more. They sold that off a few years ago to Seagate.

Yeah :( For a while, I only bought Spinpoints. I had one that had an armature seize (which I managed to fix), but beyond that, I've never had any problems, which I can't say for any of the other manufacturers (well, the other two that were left by that time, WD & Seagate.) Hitachi apparently got it together, but they really should have retired the DeskStar name they got when they bought the HDD division from IBM - I still shudder when I see it.

Now, though, I'll stick with Samsung SSDs for boot drives. WD and Seagate still make me nervous, but I've got a WD Green and a Seagate in my home server (along with with 2 Spinpoints), and they've been solid so far.
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