HP Unveils the Stream, a Chromebook-priced Windows Laptop
The HP Stream, the company’s attempt to go against Chromebooks with a similarly priced laptop running on Microsoft’s Window 8.1 operating system, has finally been officially announced after being leaked last month. Dubbed as a “Chromebook killer”, the HP Stream will be available in multiple screen sizes and configurations but today the company has only unveiled the 14-inch version so far.
The HP Stream 14 will feature a 14-inch non-touchscreen display at a screen resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. It will be powered by an AMD A4 Micro-6400T Quad APU with a clock speed of around 1GHz, an L2 cache of 2mb, and a GPU clock speed of 350MHz. If you’re not familiar with AMD’s line of all-in-one APUs (Accelerated Processing Unit), this specific model is usually compared to Intel’s dual-core Celeron line of CPUs.
Other features of the 2GB of DDR3L/1600 RAM, either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, and a 3-cell 32WHr battery with an estimated battery life of 6 hours and 30 minutes. The Stream will also come with a six-month 25GB Dropbox subscription, a 100GB Microsoft OneDrive storage account for 2 years, and a 30-day trial for the Microsoft Office 365 productivity suite.
The exterior of the HP Stream features an HDMI out port, a USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, a microSD card slot, and a 3.5mm combo jack. The design is reminiscent of the HP SlateBook laptop but with a thinness of only 0.70 inches and a weight of only 3.8 pounds. Connectivity-wise, the HP Stream supports 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and Miracast streaming.
The HP Stream, which was originally expected to be priced around $199, will be available at a higher price than expected at $399 and will start shipping on September 24, 2014 in an array of outside shell color options.