Back in July during the Worldwide Partners Conference, Microsoft COO Kevin Turner held up an HP notebook touting it as a Windows 8.1 device that would compete at the low end of the market. This was the HP Stream notebook that costs between $200 to $300.
HP has taken things a step further and unveiled today new Windows 8.1-powered tablets in the Stream family. These new devices start at an amazing and cheap price point of $99. The HP Stream line is intended to be an affordable, as well as a thin-and-light device in today’s Windows laptop/tablet market.
The HP Stream 7 and HP Stream 8 are 7-inch and 8-inch (respectively) tablets that are powered by an Intel processor and come with a 1-year subscription of Microsoft Office 365 Personal which includes 1TB of OneDrive online storage and 60 minutes of Skype each month. The Stream 8 comes with an optional 200MB of free 4G data each month with no annual contract for the life of the device!
Aside from tablets, there are two new HP Stream laptops. The 11.6-inch HD model or the 13.3-inch HD model both feature innovative fanless design and are powered by an Intel Celeron processor with 32GB of eMMC flash memory. These two new models join the 14-inch Stream laptop unveiled earlier this month.
“These laptops perform the way you expect them when doing the things you want to do and operate cool and quietly. They also have a stylish gradient design available in Orchid Magenta and Horizon Blue colors. Who doesn’t love color? Better yet, these HP Stream laptops come with a 1-year subscription of Microsoft Office 365 Personal which includes 1TB of OneDrive online storage. Oh and they also come with a $25 gift card in the box to uses to buy apps or games from the Windows Store,” Microsoft adds.
The HP Stream 11.6-inch model is expected to be available starting at $199.99 (US) and the HP Stream 13.3-inch model is expected to be available starting at $229.99 (US) in November. The HP Stream 7 tablet is expected to be available starting at $99.99 (US) and the HP Stream 8 tablet is expected to be available starting at $149.99 (US) in November.Further reading: HP, Stream, Windows 8.1