crSales of Windows PCs may be crashing but Chromebooks are set to continue surging ahead.

Analysts are predicting that sales of Chromebooks, powered by Google’s Chrome OS, will rise by as much as 300% in the latter half of this year.

The report follows news on strong sales of the lightweight devices in the sub-$300 laptop space during the first quarter of this year.

Devices in this category will, according to industry blog Digitimes, either double or triple in the second half of 2013.

They also add that the sudden success of Chromebooks will see ASUS release their first – albeit long-rumoured – Chromebook, said to be a hybrid tablet/laptop powered by a Tegra 4 ARM processor.

Existing Chromebook makers, such as HP and Lenovo, are ‘expected to increase their Chromebook orders in the second half compared to the first, while Acer will dramatically raise its orders by three fold and Samsung four fold, helping to raise overall Chromebook shipments in the second half,‘ the site say.

Additional American retailer, including Walmart and Staples, started stocking Chromebook models from Acer and Samsung earlier this year.

Whether these predictions come true there’s no denying that it’s an exciting time to be a fan of Chrome right now.

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