HP Launches Low-Cost Line of Laptops and Tablets
If you think the Chromebook is your cheapest option when it comes to laptops, you are in for a big surprise. HP has launched a new line of laptops and tablets that cost cheaper than most of the low-cost devices in the market today.
The PC manufacturer has launched Stream, a new line of Windows-based laptops and tablets. It consists of two laptops (an 11.6-inch and a 13.3-inch) and tablets (Stream 7 and Stream 8). Prices start at $199.99 for the 11.6-inch laptop and $229.99 for the 13.3-inch one. Stream 7 and Stream 8 cost $99.99 and $149.99, respectively.
The two new laptops are an addition to the 14-inch Stream notebook PC that was first launched this summer. Both feature an HD display. Interestingly, the 13.3-inch Stream laptop comes with a touch screen.
These new laptops are equipped with still unnamed Intel Celeron CPU with up to 32GB of onboard flash storage. The new Stream laptops feature a fanless design with chassis that come in Horizon Blue or Orchid Magenta.
The new devices also boast of longer battery life. The 11.6-inch Stream laptop could last up to 8 hours and 15 minutes when playing back HD videos, while the 13.3-inch Stream laptop could last 7 hours and 45 minutes.
Stream tablets and more features
On the other hand, the Stream 7 and Stream 8 tablets (7 inches and 8 inches, respectively) noticeably feature less flashy designs as compared to the laptop siblings. A yet unnamed Intel quad-core processor powers both. Logically, the two new tablets run on Windows 8.1.
HP Stream 8 comes with an option for a 200MB free 4G monthly data without annual contract. It is not clear if Stream 7 also comes with a similar option.
The company also announced that all four new Stream devices come with up to 1TB of cloud storage free for a year from Microsoft’s OneDrive. All are bundled with access to Microsoft Office 365 personal and 60 minutes of free Skype usage for a month. There is even a $25 gift card additional incentive to be sued in any Microsoft Store.
The new Stream devices are set to be released in the US in November. Consumers could find and buy those within HP’s website and at several retailers.