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

It hasn't taken long for Samsung’s new Series 3 Chromebook (opens in new tab) to go straight to number one on Amazon’s Best sellers’ list (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab), 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.

(opens in new tab)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 (opens in new tab).

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.