Toshiba officially quits the laptop business. pic.twitter.com/yegcrMGZQr— CODED (@CodedMagazine) August 9, 2020
Toshiba is one of the Japanese technology giants who bowed away from the PC industry.
Gizmodo reports that Toshiba quietly sold its remaining 19.9 percent of its laptop brand Dynabook to Sharp, which officially left the laptop company, as well as the PC company.
It hadn't sold the 80 % stake on Sharp in 2018 to a PC for some time now, but this is still remarkable at the end of a 35-year history chapter.
Computer World explained that the company was a pioneer in the portable computer space. Its 1985 T1100 is considered the first mainstream laptop computer and set up a portable design template that did not much change until 1991 saw the introduction of the Apple PowerBook line.
In the 1990s and 2000s, Toshiba flourished, with its Satellite, Portégé and Qosmio lines - the first laptop for the writer was a satellite of 13.3 inches from 2002.
What caused Toshiba to decline isn't exactly certain, although a number of likely factors are present. Toshiba 's failed HD DVD bet has not helped - produced media-centred laptops that once Blu-ray and streaming took over, their main feature became useless.
As The Register noted, competitors such as Apple, Dell and Lenovo beat Toshiba with ultra-carriages like MacBook Air and XPS at their own game as well. Adding a narrower PC market, in a market where there was no money but the largest competitors, Toshiba was confronted by a strong competition.
Toshiba is still an important computer name in printed and storage categories and has fingers in power and retail categories. In this respect, the brand Dynabook will live on.
However, it's a sad moment – Toshiba was the cornerstone of the computer landscape, regardless of what you thought about its products.