IDC, writing of Europe, Middle East and Africa wrote:“Sony shipments declined in the region following the recent announcement of its exit from the PC market. Samsung closed the top 10 ranking in EMEA with another quarter of decline due to disinvestment from mainstream portable PC and a switched focus on Chromebooks and high-end Ultrabooks.”
This is deadly for Wintel. What I have been predicting for several years has come to bear fruit. OEMs are tired of being squeezed between M$ and Intel on one hand and conumers’ increasing reluctance to spend money on big expensive personal computers. Consumers would rather buy small cheap computers but Wintel does not work for them. It’s just too expensive to be called “cheap”.
One can argue that OEMs who only sold a few million PCs per annum are relevant but Sony and Samsung are huge brands. If they can’t see Wintel being profitable any longer for anything but a niche market (rich/foolish consumers) will it be long before other OEMs make the same choice? I expect 2014 is a watershed year in PCs. In 2013 we saw all resistance to small cheap computers crumble as they became “must have” items of commerce. It’s only natural that motivation will creep into bigger PCs used at work/productivity. I expect several more OEMs will concentrate more on small cheap computers possibly running Android/Linux or GNU/Linux in the mainstream of PCs, small desktops and mid-range notebooks. Before this, OEMs looked upong */Linux as a risky proposition for low-end PCs only. Samsung has seen the light. Sony too.
Does anyone doubt that Samsung will find ways to ship tons of Chromebooks and other GNU/Linux PCs this year?
See also, Videos found by “chromebook2 samsung” search
and, my favourite, Samsung’s own video:
Makes me feel like running out and buying one, eh? If one ever had doubts that a big OEM would push GNU/Linux to the world, they should be gone. Samsung is pushing all the right buttons.