Quick Note: Samsung Chromebook is Top Selling Notebook on Amazon
July 18, 2013 2:16 PM
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11.6-inch, $249 USD laptop is drawing rave reviews
top selling notebook
on Amazon.com, Inc. (
) currently is... a Google Inc. (
This news may come as a shock to many, but the Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. $249 USD Wi-Fi model Chromebook seized that crown recently, placing #3 in overall PC sales on Amazon. The $310 USD 3G-equipped model settled for a respectable #19 place in notebooks.
The only "PC" that's currently outselling the (Linux) Chrome OS based Samsung laptop on Amazon is the 7-inch $170 USD
Galaxy Tab 2
Amazon sales aren't everything, but Chromebooks are
clearly rising fast and appear dangerous
. According to Gartner, Inc. (
) they accounted for nearly 5 percent of PC sales last quarter (1 in every 20 PCs sold). Moreover, they comprised roughly 25 percent of sub-$300 USD notebook sales.
That's a shocking comeback for an operating system that
appeared all but dead
after abysmal sales half in H2 2011. The key appears to be what drew excitement to Chromebooks in the first place -- prices.
to be in the $200-300 USD range, when Chrome OS was first announced way back in Nov. '09, but when it
finally landed in May '11
they slotted in at $350-500 USD. Samsung refused to release sales on its original Chromebook priced at $430 (Wi-Fi); $500 (3G), but it was rumored to be in the tens of thousands of units.
By contrast, after cutting its price nearly in half, Samsung is moving millions of Chromebooks. Aside from the price, another key to the Chromebook resurgence is a
tweaked operating system user interface
, which Google has devoted a lot of TLC to, even when Chromebooks weren't selling.
For its price the 11.6-inch Wi-Fi model includes impressive specs:
1366x768 11.6-inch display
2 GB DDR3 (1333 MHz)
1.7 GHz dual-core Samsung Exynos 5250
16 GB NAND Flash hard drive
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Weight: 2.4 lb
Dimensions: 11.40 x 8.09 x 0.69 inches
Is Chrome OS the next Android? It's too early to say, but it's enjoying a similar meteoric rise in sales after a slow start much like Android did. For Google, it appears patience and devotion to its craft is yet again paying off.
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This is why Microsoft loses
7/18/2013 5:38:07 PM
Google is willing to sell products at a loss or zero profit to gain market share. Microsoft used to be willing to do this but it seems current management has no long term strategy or vision.
If the Surface RT was $250 - $300 would it still have been a sales failure? Doubt it. I consider the Surface RT to be a vastly superior product to the Chromebook. But instead of buying 2 or more Surface RT for myself and my family I ended up just buying a Chromebook for my mom.
While Microsoft sits around chasing a profit Google is making sure people get used to their entire ecosystem from top to bottom. One day Microsoft is going to wonder how it became a shell of its former self and this will be the reason why. Stupidity from management and a complete lack of interest in long term strategy.
RE: This is why Microsoft loses
7/18/2013 9:21:40 PM
RT was just a contingency plan in case Intel didn't deliver and some ARM chip (esp Qualcomm) blew by them in the low end. Atom started of as a blatantly half-baked product, likely because Intel didn't want it cannibalizing higher margin Core/Celeron/Pentium sales. They just made made it good enough to keep Via, AMD, etc from taking that market.
Assuming Silvermont is as good as we think it'll be, and that Intel doesn't overprice it, there won't be any need for RT.
I think Win8 is proof positive of a long term strategy. Pain now, but convergence is the future.
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