HP has announced a tablet with Windows 8.1 for $99 and a laptop for $199
The struggle for attention (and wallet) of consumers in the coming holidays will be more fierce than ever. HP announced its new 7-inch tablet with a starting price of just $ 99. The new device is called Stream 7 and comes with a 32-bit version of Windows 8.1.
The tablet uses the processor from the lower-class from Intel. This means that it has relatively low productivity. However, in this case it’s not a big deal, because for $99 it’s hard to find a quality tablet, even with Android not to mention Windows itself. Buyers of the tablet will give Microsoft an annual subscription to Office 365 Personal, 1 TB of space on OneDrive and 60 minutes of free Skype calls.
In November, the company will also release an 8-inch version for the price of $ 149. Both tablets feature Quad-core Intel Atom Z3735G, 1 GB RAM and 32 GB of internal memory (+ microSD slot).
HP announced two notebook from the Stream – with 11.6 — and 13.3-inch screens. And here the price is also a key feature of both models. HP Stream 11 will cost $199 and the HP Stream 13 is $229. The larger model will be available with a touch screen. Both laptops will offer 32 GB flash memory, 2 GB RAM and dual-core processor Intel Celeron N2840, which needs no fan. This makes the machine much quieter standard laptops, but this comes at the expense of performance.
It is obvious that the new proposals from Microsoft and HP directed against cheap Android tablets and Chromebooks. Microsoft has long expressed ambitions in these markets. If Google and its hardware partners will offer a good answer, the coming holidays can be very successful for Microsoft and Windows.