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HP expands its Stream range to include a $199 laptop

by Mark Tyson on 30 September 2014, 12:05

Tags: Hewlett Packard (NYSE:HPQ), Windows 8

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Earlier this month we were disappointed to see HP launch its first Stream laptop. The reason behind the let down feeling was that we had earlier seen an HP Stream laptop, trailed by Microsoft COO Kevin Turner on stage at Microsoft's WPC, boasting of its $199 price tag. The 14-inch HP Stream laptop launched earlier this month came with an MSRP starting at $300 depending upon configuration.

HP has just launched another four Stream devices. Microsoft has written about the affordable new range on its Windows Blog. There are two new laptops and two new tablets. Let's start with a look at the laptops.

HP Stream 11

HP Stream 11 and HP Stream 13

The HP Stream 11 and HP Stream 13 are colourful laptops with 11.6-inch HD and 13.3-inch HD screens. The laptops are powered by Intel Celeron processors and are fanless designs. For storage they pack 32GB of eMMC local storage which is complemented by 1TB of OneDrive online storage (thanks to the 1 year free sub to Microsoft Office 365 Personal).

HP Stream 13

HP's latest Stream laptops will cost $199 and $219 for the 11 and 13-inch versions respectively. Availability is scheduled for the US in November. A $25 gift card for Microsoft Store apps in included in the box. They will be available in "a stylish gradient design available in Orchid Magenta and Horizon Blue colours."

HP Stream 7 and HP Stream 8 Tablets

As you might guess the HP Stream 7 and HP Stream 8 are 7 and 8-inch Windows tablets respectively. They are both Intel quad-core processor powered so offer the full Windows experience and are again bundled with Microsoft Office 365 Personal and 1TB of OneDrive online storage for a year.

HP Stream 7 and 8

The HP Stream 8 comes with an interesting proposition in that it offers free 3G/4G data for the life of the device. It's just 200MB per month but that could be enough for you to do the essential communication/download tasks you need to do on the go if there are no Wi-Fi connections around, for example.

The new HP Stream 7 and 8-inch tablets are to be priced at $99.99 and $149.99 respectively when they become available in the US in November.



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$99 sounds affordable
I can see the blue ones being quite popular!

$199 for a dual-core celery (damn, not since the 300A days have I used that word to describe an Intel CPU ;) ), high res display, 32GB flash etc does seem really good, especially IF we get it at £150 here (probably will be £200 though)

The one thing I cannot find on their site….RAM capacity.
the question is how much in real money and can you upgrade the HDD/SSD and RAM easily.
shaithis
$199 for a dual-core celery (damn, not since the 300A days have I used that word to describe an Intel CPU ;) ), high res display, 32GB flash etc does seem really good, especially IF we get it at £150 here (probably will be £200 though)

The one thing I cannot find on their site….RAM capacity.
According to this Engadget article it's the standard 2GB RAM, well “standard” for these low end Windows laptops and some tablets.

When I get a minute I'll see if there's any other info available on the HP intranet - apart from anything else I'd be interested to find out what the connectivity options are, especially if there's a uSD slot to expand the storage. Shame that storage and, more especially, RAM isn't upgradable.
shaithis
high res display
I wonder if “HD screen” means 720p rather than 1080p? Both the 7“ and 8” tablets (and my 4.5“ phone) have ”HD screens“ as well, would prefer a few more pixels even on an 11” laptop.