The Stream 14, HP’s answer to the Chromebook, was first uncovered this year by German website Mobile Geeks (Display Monitor Vol 21 No 33). HP has now confirmed the existence of the laptop, which runs 64-bit Windows 8.1 on a quad-core AMD AR Micro-6400T processor, with 2GB of RAM and Radeon R3 graphics.
Mobile Geeks’ information was, in fact, extremely accurate. The Stream 14 is a 14″ product with 1366 x 768 resolution. While the 32GB HDD is small, users will also have two years of free access to 100GB of cloud storage and a 25GB Dropbox account. Microsoft Office will not be included, however – users will have a 30-day free trial.
HDMI, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 (x2) ports are featured, as well as Miracast technology.
The one area where Mobile Geeks got it wrong was in the price. Rather than $200, the laptop will cost $300 when it goes on sale on the 24th September.