HP’s New Stream Windows 8.1 Tablets, Laptops Start at $99
HP has updated its Stream line of Windows 8 devices to include 2 new affordable tablets and 2 new laptops. Thus, the company stays true to its strategy of pushing cheaper and cheaper Windows devices to consumers.
Hewlett-Packard is introducing new ultralight notebooks aimed at the budget-savvy consumers. The company thus stay true to its strategy of cheapening Windows 8 tablets and laptops.
First of, we have the 11.6-inch HP Stream which retails at just $199.99, with the 13.3-inch version priced at $229.99. They sport Windows 8.1 as the operating system and are also able to run basic Office program.
The new Stream laptops sport 2 GB of RAM and are powered by Intel Celeron processors. They come with one year worth of Office 365 and 1 TB of cloud storage with either of the new Stream tablets.
Also, consumers who purchase the 13.3-inch laptop will get a lifetime supply of 4G service, capped at 200 MB per month only, however. It’s not too much, but should be enough to check your email in emergency situations.
Mike Nash, HP vice president of product management for Consumer Personal Systems shared his input:
“Today’s consumers demand mobile products that fit their personal style and allow them to work and play wherever they are,” said “The HP Stream products announced hit the mark with sleek design, portability, access to free cloud storage, and the familiarity of Windows and Office 365.”
The 11.6-inch model promises a battery life of 8 hours 15 minutes for HD Video playback, while the 13.3-inch Stream laptop will offer about 7 hours 45 minutes battery life.
They will be available in Orchid Magenta and Horizon Blue colour options and are expected to ship this November for $199 and $229 respectively.
HP also announced the HP Stream 7 and Stream 8 tablets, with the 8-inch tablet sporting a price tag of $149 and the 7-inch tablet being priced at just $99.
Both of HP’s Stream tablets come with complimentary offerings of OneDrive storage, but the offer is only available for a limited time and there’s also a one-year subscription to Office 365 for both of them. HP added:
“In the past customers have had to choose between expensive, thin and light or less-expensive PCs that were typically thicker and heavier. HP Stream customers can enjoy the best of both worlds in a thin, light and affordable notebook PC with the power for most everyday computing tasks.”
The Windows 8.1 tablets are featuring Intel Atom Z3735G processors, 1,280 x 800 pixel displays with wide viewing angles, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of solid state storage.