Google’s new Chromebooks, despite the advantageous price, are apparently not a big hit. The market is densely populated with a fleet of similar devices boasting a full fledged Windows 7 experience. According to DigiTimes and other market observers in Asia, Chromebooks began as niche devices and will likely remain niche devices.
Samsung’s Chromebook has a starting price of $249 and with its 11.6-inch display and Samsung Exynos 5 5210 ARM Cortex-A15 dual core processor, it has its technical attractions. But customers tend to drift back to cheaper Windows 7 devices in light of the limited functionality of the Chromebooks. The Chrome OS really is only effective with an internet connection and customers want more versatility. DigiTimes sees this as the Chromebook’s main disadvantage in competition with budget Windows 7 devices.
The same applies to the new C7 Acer Chromebook, which has the advantage of an Intel x86 CPU, but the disadvantage of the Chrome OS. The interest in Google’s cloud-notebooks will in all likelihood not increase dramatically with the second generation. Market observers expect to see perhaps only a few more than 200,000 units sold, which is what the first generation achieved. The availability of cheaper Windows notebooks already fill the gap that Chromebooks and Samsung’s Linux based Tizen platform hoped to fill and don’t seem to attract mainstream interest.