Toshiba discontinuing netbooks in the US

Toshiba has confirmed that it will no longer be offering new netbook models in the US. The news isn't too surprising given the forthcoming onslaught of Ultrabooks, but it does further confirm the grim outlook for the ill-fated netbook market. Dell and Lenovo are already officially out of the netbook space, while Samsung and Sony haven't launched any new models this year either.

This news may be disappointing to those hoping to pick up the Toshiba NB510, which was introduced earlier this year as the first netbook to feature an Intel Atom N2600 Cedar Trail processor. It doesn't look like that model will be hitting the states, although it may be sold internationally.

For the US, Toshiba wants to focus solely on its Ultrabooks, such as the Toshiba Portege Z830, which is as thin and light as a netbook but offers much better performance. However, Ultrabooks also cost a lot more, priced at $800 and up instead of the $300 or less you'd pay for a netbook.

[via Liliputing]