HP is ready to launch the Microsoft-partnered low-cost HP Stream laptop running 8.1 at $199 as it has been leaked on Monday from tech website Mobile Geeks that spotted an entire data sheet. It’s a device that Microsoft hopes will compete with Google-powered PCs.
Google and Microsoft are using inexpensive PCs as a way to pick up more cloud storage market share: The 3.9-pound laptop runs Windows 8.1, of course, and is tied directly to Microsoft’s cloud storage services, much the way a Chromebook works with Google Drive. Indeed, just like a Chromebook, the HP Steam 14 will come with 100 GB of One Drive storage for two years.
Both companies currently charge $1.99 per month for 100 gigabytes of storage, or about $50 for two years worth of the stuff. Each company is willing to swallow that cost to make computers running their platforms more tempting.
According to the leak, the HP Stream 14 will feature a 14-inch display with a 1,366 x 768 screen, a low-powered AMD A4 Microprocessor with 2GB of memory, an d 32GB of flash storage; apart from the capacity. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, a trio of USB ports, HDMI out and a webcam make up the rest of the package.
The company has not revealed anything about the Stream 14’s release, although the deluge of information hints that we could see this budget friendly device fairly soon.