A month ago, Microsoft announced that it will be releasing a super affordable full-fledged Windows 8.1 PC laptop with its partners, in a move to stem the increasing popularity of Google Chromebooks (especially in the US). A German tech blog, MOBILE GEEKS, has retrieved a leak for what is now being called the Stream 14 by HP, which at a rumoured RRP of just $200 could be one of the many super affordable Windows laptops Microsoft will be releasing.
The HP Stream 14, as the name suggests, will be a 14-inch laptop with Windows 8.1 preinstalled. It sports an AMD processor, a screen resolution of 1366×768, 2GB of RAM, and an option between 32 or 64GB of internal storage. Like many laptops nowadays it will also have an SD card. Being a Windows-powered laptop costing a mere $200 (RM630), it definitely gives the affordable Google Chromebooks a run for their money.
The leak also shows that Microsoft will be including 100GB OneDrive cloud storage for two years, which can be seen as a move to counter Google’s addition of 100GB of Google Drive storage for every Chromebook purchase.
For now, the leak only reveal one of the many ultra low-cost Windows laptop to come.Given the specs of the HP Stream 14, there would possibly be higher-end models down the line.
Although Chromebooks are not popular in Malaysian markets, it would definitely be a huge difference if Microsoft and HP plan to bring their line of affordable Windows laptops to our shores.