Just a few days ago on June 15th Samsung started selling their
So why does the Chromebook cost so much more than a netbook? Its basic parts are the same so why is it costing Samsung $334 to build the 3G version of its Chromebook Series 5 when similar spec’ed netbooks with full hard drives retail for around the same price.
Looks at a budget netbook running a similarly priced processor the Intel Pentium SU4100, the Hannspree SN12 Notebook with the same 12.1-inch display will run you only $299. This is less then what Samsung paid to build the Chromebook. The Acer Aspire One AOD255E shares the same Atom A570 CPU as the Chromebook, but its a 10.1″ display is a little cheaper but it retails for $269!
If you want to know exactly why the Chromebook is so expensive, IHS iSuppli breaks it down pointing out that the motherboard is the most expensive component with a $86.37 price tag. This funds the Intel Atom N570 CPU that fails to outshine similar processors. Samsung pays an addition $42 for the 3G radio. Are these high price components worth it when you’re missing out on a full desktop experience? I don’t think so… this pricing game on the build could be the downfall of the Chromebook since price is a driving factor when looking at secondary devices like these.