New Samsung Chromebook becomes #1 computer product on Amazon within hours

It hasn't taken long for Samsung’s new Series 3 Chromebook to go straight to number one on Amazon’s Best sellers’ list which charts the most popular computer products from the world’s biggest online retailer.

The device knocked the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.0 off its pedestal and into second place. The Galaxy Tab itself was followed by another newcomer, the Samsung Series 3 Windows notebook, in third position.

Unsurprisingly, the new Chromebook also tops Amazon’s Movers and Shakers list, with the 3G version taking third spot in the list. What is surprising is the fact that neither of the devices is listed in Amazon’s Most Wished for products, which may indicate two things.

Either the early purchasers are geekier than the average Amazon custom base, or many feel that $249 is a reasonable-enough price to stump up and a more attractive option than waiting for someone to gift it.

The new Chromebook is powered by the Exynos 5520, the first Cortex-A15 SoC to make it to the market. It is clocked at 1.7GHz and comes with the Mali-T604 GPU.

Other features include 2GB of RAM, 100GB of online cloud storage from Google Drive for two years, an 11.6in 1,366 x 768 display and Wi-Fi. It costs only £218 in the UK (before tomorrow night), but the 3G version will cost around £70 more.