Microsoft and HP expect the laptop for $ 200
One of the first alternatives cheap laptops Google Chromebook, but with the operating system from Microsoft, will be manufactured by Hewlett-Packard. Blog MobileGeeks has already appeared the first information, according to which, we are talking about 14-inch model at a price of $ 200, which will be called HP Stream, writes ZDNet.
Images and specifications published on the blog, derived from the warranty documents and maintenance schemes. According to them, the HP Stream is based on a chip from AMD with four cores (AMD A4 Micro-6400T) and a clock frequency of 1 GHz. In addition, is used and integrated Radeon R3 c power of just 4.5 W, which explains why the specifications don’t mention a cooler. Ultra-cheap laptop will have 2 GB of RAM and SSD 32 GB.
The display will provide a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, a number of wireless technologies supported WLAN IEEE 802.11 n and Bluetooth. Also have USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, memory card reader and webcam. In accordance with the list of specifications, the battery has a capacity 2960 mAh.
HP Stream weighs 1.75 kg and is available in three color options corps. The operating system will use Windows 8.1.
Also mentioned optional components to choose from, such as SSD to 64 GB instead of 32 and touch screen. It can be expected that in other embodiments, the HP Stream will have a higher price boundaries, such as 300 or 400 dollars, writes the blog.
I wonder what the HP will be among the first Microsoft partners in the desire of the group to offer light and cheap notebooks with Windows, given that last year the company distanced itself from Intel and Microsoft. The American manufacturer is one of the first manufacturers of chromebooks and relies on the operating system Android tablets.
Recall that about three years ago, Google decided to attack the market with cheap laptops. To reduce their cost, the machines do not have high hardware power, and rely primarily on the Internet. New devices do not need traditional hard drive, since memory exists in the cloud, explained at the time by Google. Pictures will be posted in Picasa, emails in Gmail, music in Google Music. Therefore, the first Chromebook’and appeared on the market with only 16 gigabytes of memory – like cheap MP3 players.
However, the strong dependence of chromebooks from the Internet is a serious disadvantage of these devices because without network access Chromebook can only be used to support books on the shelf.