Samsung denies pulling out of desktop PC business

Samsung denies pulling out of desktop PC business

Summary: Calling the claims "groundless," the electronics giant denies it is pulling out of the desktop business, despite falling PC shipments worldwide.

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Samsung's Chromebook. And yes, that's a lot of yellow. (Image: CNET)

You can bet that The Korea Times is off Samsung's Christmas card list this year.

Samsung said in a statement to our sister site CNET that the rumor circulating on Monday that the electronics giant is withdrawing from the PC desktop business is "groundless," despite a slump in PC shipments worldwide.

The company said it "will continue to offer diverse PC products according to consumer and market needs."

Samsung remains in the newcomer's category in the PC business, compared to companies like Dell or HP, or even Lenovo, which acquired IBM's business PC range back in 2005. Though Samsung's market share is fairly low, it has recently seen a healthy jump in sales, thanks to a rise in its Chromebook sales.

According to IDC analyst David Daoud speaking to CNET at the time, Lenovo, Asus, and Samsung "identifi[ed] the opportunities and weaknesses of competitors" and are executing appropriately and intelligently.

In April, IDC figures showed that global PC shipments had declined by 14 percent during the first three months of 2013, which under closer examination turned out to be the worst plunge for the segment since 1994.

Gartner said on Monday that PC sales — including both desktops and laptops — are expected to fall by another 10.6 percent in 2013 on the year prior.

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  • Here you go...

    ...again, Zack. Although yesterday's report about Samsung leaving the PC market was part of the unrealistic and misleading on going barrage against Windows 8 strategy of ensuring the success of technologies, I must admit that I am bit surprised by your claim that
    "Though Samsung's market share is fairly low, it has recently seen a healthy jump in sales, thanks to a rise in its Chrome book sales."

    Recently there was an article in which you portrayed Windows Servers as though they were not part of Windows OS. Are you now claiming that Chrome books are PCs. Or is it part of the distortion?
    Wonder.man
    • I can see how they got confused.

      Samsung doesn't have much leverage on the desktop market.

      Their best products are notebooks, after all.

      If they were to pull out, they'd probably kill off their desktops and focus on their strongest hand.


      Still, I'd consider a Chromebook a PC, albeit a limited one.

      To me, a "PC" OS is one that can develop applications for itself, such as Windows and OS X.

      A mobile OS is one that cannot, and must rely on another device to do so.

      I think Chrome deserves a "ticket", since it's still growing.

      It'll get there eventually.
      ForeverCookie
      • you can develop android apps on a phone

        "To me, a "PC" OS is one that can develop applications for itself, such as Windows and OS X."

        That would be with AIDE, a full android IDE. I don't know who would actually want to do much of that but, it does work well for what it is.
        drwong
  • Gartner? Pfui!

    As far a Samsung.
    Desktops?
    Have I missed something?
    radu.m
    • Exactly

      Samsung doesn't build good desktops. Lenovo and Dell (and sometimes HP) make the best desktops.
      icyrock
  • PC (Personal Computer)

    I have many PCs. They run the Windows, Linux, Android and Chrome Operating Systems. A "Personal Computer" isn't tied necessarily to the OS.
    thesuperstitions@...
    • And your right. It just became a way to make a Mac different...

      ...from a Windows PC. But in the end, a Mac, a Windows PC, a Linux PC a laptop any OS, a tablet and now even a smartphone has just enough going for it to qualify as a personal computer.

      PC is largely just nothing more than a short form for indicating your talking about a desktop or laptop form factor piece of hardware, usually also meaning driven by a Windows OS, although more and more I see people willing to concede they may be including similar hardware driven by a Linux based OS.
      Cayble
  • Original Article

    The original article seemed to revolve around Samsung "Desktop's".

    To be honest, I don;t think I have ever seen a Samsung 'Desktop'. They do tons of laptops, though, which the article did not really cover.

    I'd be surprised if Samsung can't squeeze some profit out of laptops, as with most things, they do not just make laptops/tablets/phones - they "are the supply chain".
    neil.postlethwaite
  • I think they are

    going to be still making chromebooks, not "PCs" per-se that's where the confusion lies.
    drwong
    • Actually, I thik they'll be dropping Chromebooks

      and Gartner assumed that meant all of their PC, not just that particular product line.

      I can see that as being where they got confused.
      William Farrel
      • Reading is Fun-

        damental. If you read the article you will see this line:

        "Though Samsung's market share is fairly low, it has recently seen a healthy jump in sales, thanks to a rise in its Chromebook sales."
        DancesWithTrolls
        • I can read very well, but you still have comprehension issues

          I see.

          In other words of course it sell well for them seeing that their other laptops really haven't been pushing Samsung towards a spot on the "Top 10 PC OEM" list

          And don't forget, those sales are "in the channel", they're not end user purchases. ;)
          William Farrel
          • Re: but you still have comprehension issues

            Can't admit you're wrong without resorting to personal attacks?
            ldo17
  • Samsung a newcomer in PCs? bosh.

    I bought a Samsung 286 desktop PC in or around 1990, 256K RAM. they had been manufacturing 286 PCs for private labels in 1987... I was employee #1 in a startup that was using them for paint databases.
    swschrad
  • Gartner says? It's more like "Gartner guesses".

    Predictions are not facts. A prediction is an attempt at an "intelligent guess". So, the idea about turning a guess into a statement of fact, like "Gartner says", is completely ludicrous.
    adornoe@...
    • Guessing

      They all guess - whether IDC, Gartner or others. There is no way they can predict what the market will be in a year - let alone two or more years.
      Gisabun
      • They do have to justify their existence, don't they?

        Otherwise, there would be many people getting laid off from those companies.
        adornoe@...
  • Samsung errr

    They sold more laptops than desktops. I'm not even sure I ever saw a desktop.
    They may have picked up in "sales" with the useless Chromebooks but it probably didn't account for much in profit.
    Gisabun