Samsung has pulled out of the notebook market in Europe.
The South Korean giant said it would stop selling its Ativ Windows notebooks and Chromebooks in Europe but left open the possibility of a return to the business at a later date.
A Samsung rep told PC Advisor:
We quickly adapt to market needs and demands. In Europe, we will be discontinuing sales of laptops including Chromebooks for now. This is specific to the region – and is not necessarily reflective of conditions in other markets.
PC Market Slowdown
Tablets, phablets (large screen smartphones) and smartphones are eating into the PC market hitting most vendors.
Even the end of life for support for Microsoft’s Windows XP operating system did not give the expected boost to PC purchases.
Rising popularity of Linux distributions like Linux Mint and Ubuntu has been another nail in the coffin of the PC business. People are installing Linux Mint and Ubuntu on older desktop or laptops.
Besides Samsung, the slowdown in desktops and laptops has claimed other victims too this year.
In February, Sony exited the laptop business dumping it on a Japanese investment fund.
Samsung continues to peddle its computers in the U.S. through retailers like Best Buy and Amazon.
Although Samsung’s European policies may not affect the U.S., if you’re in the market for a Samsung notebook or Chromebook you might want to think twice.