Samsung Electronics announced today that it will stop manufacturing desktop PCs, which have become unprofitable. Instead, the South Korean company plans to focus its attention on tablets and laptop computers. The report follows recent news that the South Korean government had designated the desktop business as “suitable for smaller firms.”
The move reflects a growing trend in the consumer electronics market as more people have come to rely on laptops and even tablets while interest in desktop computers has slumped. Although PCs remain a vital part of the computer family, Samsung clearly isn’t seeing the same profits from desktop sales that it does from mobile devices.
“Demand for conventional desktop PCs is going down,” a Samsung official told The Korea Times. “We will allocate our resources to popular connected and portable devices.”
The South Korean company also used the opportunity to announce its intention to push more tablets instead of Galaxy smartphones in 2014, adding that it plans to sell 33 million units this year (more than double the 16 million tablets it sold in 2012).