While analysts left right and center have been ripping into slow sales of Surface tablets, at least the Surface RT version, one thing everyone seems to put aside is Chromebook sales figures.

And it’s not like they have been completely overlooked by the media — sure, not everyone has raved about them, but whenever Samsung, HP and Acer launched a new model, reports and statements popped up on various websites and news outlets.

Even with this much active promotion, these devices have failed to make a mark in the notebook market. Call it the fact that these are powered by ChromeOS, or the overall slow hardware market, Chromebook have been poor sellers.

So poor that according to Digitimes, they are lagging even Microsoft Surface in most markets.

Only around 500,000 Chromebooks have been sold so far, a downright disappoint figure that amounts to less than 1 percent of the total notebook market. And one has to consider several hardware vendors are on onboard for this including major ones like HP.

Another reason that could have contributed to the slow uptake is the lack of usable onboard storage.

Google recently launched a 12.85-inch Chromebook Pixel sporting a monstrous 2560 x 1700 pixels resolution, but an equally monstrous price tag of $1,300.

Surface looks like a downright winner compared to hardware devices sporting Google’s logo.

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  • DCJason

    LOL! Finally, the full truth comes out. Now why doesn’t the media/reviewers report on bad sales of a Google product when they are so quick to jump on Microsoft? Is it arrogance on Microsoft’s part? Or the media/reviewers are bias against anything that comes out of Redmond?

    • DigitalSyrup

      Haven’t you heard? It’s cool be on the MS Hate-wagon. All joking aside, yes, it frustrates the hell out of me that a well built, solid, and YES USABLE tablet like Surface RT and PRO are getting such lackluster press coverage while other failing devices like the Chromebook get praised at release time then crappy sales don’t get reported. I’m almost convinced that some of these bloggers and media outlets haven’t used an actual Microsoft tablet for more than a few minutes.

      • Fahad Ali

        Or at all. 😉

  • http://tranceworldnow.wordpress.com/ Robert Trance

    Oh yeah, hahahaha, the Chromebooks and the, hmmmm, Chrome “OS”….
    Seriously, called as OS, and not even a decent filemanager (ye, i know the Files thingy there, but hey, that is not much). OK, true, safe (proven by hack rally events), but..that is all! And wasting a good Linux kernel for such?!! That is the worst, why the hell not building then a real desktop if Google wants laptops out?

    And besides all that, Pixel comes with what: 3:2 ratio?? Watch a video on that! I dare ya, LOL

  • Shambels

    Seeing how there are not that many surface sellers I think its doing ok not what ms wanted but given the circumstances I think its doing good.

  • http://www.ahmedeltawil.com Ahmed Eltawil

    Surface RT/Pro are basically Windows tablets. They run Microsoft’s Windows operating system. For a better sales comparison, let’s compare Windows 8/RT sales vs. Google Chrome OS.