Samsung’s ARM-powered Chromebook already a bestseller

Posted by Trent Nouveau

Yesterday we confirmed that Samsung’s ARM-powered (WiFi) Chromebook had briefly appeared on Google’s official Play store before selling out after only a few hours.

And today reports indicate that Google’s Chromebook has already climbed to the top of the Amazon’s best seller list - effectively pushing Apple’s wildly popular 13-inch MacBook Pro to the second place on the online retail site.

As PC Tablet’s Mary Rose notes, the third position is currently occupied by the 3G iteration of the Chromebook, followed by the 13-inch MacBook Air and the 15.6 inch Dell Inspiron in fifth place.

Clearly, there is a lot of pent up demand for the device and not just because of its cloud-centric OS. Rather, the Samsung Chromebook is one of the first real mobile implementations of ARM’s long-awaited Cortex-A15 processor in the form of Samsung’s Exynos 5 dual-core chip.

And as Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi explains, consumers do not want to choose between apps and Internet - they want both. "The $249 is certainly an interesting price point, but consumers have been burned with netbooks [before] and will be cautious and look beyond the price tag."

Samsung’s ARM-powered Chromebook boasts an 11.6 inch display, 802.11n/WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port, HDMI output, a VGA camera, 16GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, 10 second boot time, instant resume from sleep and approximately 6.5 hours of battery life.

The latest iteration of Mountain View’s Chromebook can be pre-ordered from a number of retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy, TigerDirect and NewEgg. 

Although an exact shipping date has yet to be nailed down, a number of reports indicate the device will likely hit the streets by the end of October.