Background and Identification
Samsung Electronics is a multinational corporation based in South Korea. It is the world’s biggest consumer electronics manufacturer by revenue, and was the second largest technology company in the world in 2019. Samsung Electronics has made ventures into a huge number of products, including lithium-ion batteries, displays, semiconductors, cameras, and sensors. They are also well known for their consumer products. Samsung entered the laptop field briefly, although they mostly focus on their smartphones and televisions within the consumer electronics field. They have made several laptops, including netbooks. The term ‘netbook’ refers to a type of laptop that is very small and lightweight, with fewer features and less processing power than a standard laptop computer. Netbooks were only really popular from 2007 to 2009. As the netbook market developed, these devices got larger, and eventually they were basically indistinguishable from the larger ‘notebook’ class of laptops. Manufacturers tried to put restrictions on the size and capabilities of netbooks to keep them from blending into other categories of computer, but with the rise of the tablet computer in the early 2010s, netbooks offered few advantages over other devices. While a few netbooks were still well-received, they were mostly out of production by 2012.