Looks like HP too wants to dominate the low cost PC market. HP after its Stream 14 notebook launch early this month has now launched in its Stream portfolio four new cheap Windows 8.1 devices. Out of the four new devices, two are HP Stream laptops while the other two are new Windows tablets.
The two new HP Stream laptops are
- HP Stream 11 – starts at a price of about Rs. 12,300 ($199.99)
- HP Stream 13 – starts at a price of about Rs. 14,100 ($229.99)
The two new Windows tablets are
- HP Steam 7 – this starts at a price of about Rs. 6,100 ($99.99)
- HP Stream 8 – while this is give a price starting from about Rs. 9,200 ($149.99)
HP claims to release all the four devices for sale this holiday season i.e in November (mostly in US).
HP’s stream family devices giving low-cost Windows options in a way makes Microsoft counterpart with Chromebooks. Windows blog has also reported regarding the new HP steam devices.
HP Stream laptops:
To start with HP Stream 11, it gets an 11.6-inch HD non touch display while HP Stream 13 comes with a 13.3-inch HD touchscreen display. Though HP hasn’t revealed much about the hardware of the laptops, according to Engadget both the Stream laptops come powered with Intel Celeron N2840 SoCs, 2GB of RAM, Intel HD Graphics and eMMC flash memory of 32GB. Additionally HP claims the two laptops to be slim, light and fanless design for quiet and cool operation.
HP Stream 11 gets a battery that could give up to 8 hours and 15 minutes of battery life while the HP Stream 13’s battery can give up to 7 hours 45 minutes of battery life.
The colour options available on both the laptops are Horizon Blue and Orchid Magenta. So those who would prefer a black or white on this low cost laptop are sure to go out of luck.
Now it is not only the low cost of the devices that might attract the users but the whole lot of freebies being offered by both HP and Microsoft with these devices. Now for the laptops both get Microsoft Office 365 Personal free one year subscription and with this also 1TB of OneDrive storage is given free. Not only this, the buyers also get Windows Store apps or games worth Rs. 1,500 ($25) gift card.
HP Stream tablets:
As for the tablets, as their name implies Stream 7 and Stream 8 get 7- and 8-inch 1280 x 800 displays respectively. Powering both the tablets is 1 GB of RAM and a quad-core Intel Atom Bay Trail Z3735G processor. Both the tables run on Windows 8.1 OS. And like its laptops HP has not got much revealed about its tablets hardware too. But according to Engadget, the tablets get Bluetooth 4.0 and 32GB of inbuilt storage that are expandable via microSD card, while the maximum capacity is unknown.
The tablets too like the laptops get whole lot of sweet freebies. The tablets too get Microsoft Office 365 Personal free one year subscription and also 1TB of OneDrive storage free. Additionally the tablets get each month free Skype for 60 minutes.
Now something more for the higher end products (the HP Stream 8 tablet and the HP Stream 13 laptop) is that they both get an optional 200MB of free 4G data each month for the life of the device with not annual contract.
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