If you’ve been tempted to get a Chromebook as a cheap secondary laptop, but were put off by the internet-tethered OS, this might be worthy of your attention. German site Mobilegeeks have attained leaked slides showing the HP Stream 14, a laptop that will sell for $199 or $249 but will run Windows 8.1.
The HP Stream 14 is built around AMD’s “Mullins” APU which was shown earlier this year in tablet form. The APU listed in the specs is an A4 Micro-6400T, which runs at 1.0 GHz or 1.6 GHz in turbo mode when plugged in, and has a 2MB L2 cache. It has a TDP of 4.5W, and contains a Radeon R3 GPU with 128 ALUs running at 350 MHz.
Looking at benchmarks from a preview event, the Mullins APU was either in line with, or outperformed all other tablets it was tested against. This includes the Tegra 4, and Atom Z3740. So as a tablet processor, it’s quite fast. In terms of a $200 laptop, it should perform quite well.
The screen is 14″ as you can guess from the name, and has a resolution of 1366×768, which is “just enough” to view webpages and documents.
Memory will be available up to 2GB, which I suppose will be in the $249 version. Unfortunately it’s soldered on, and not upgradeable.
Also not upgradeable is the storage – the HP Stream 14 won’t have an SSD slot (not even an M.2 socket), but will have integrated NAND instead. It will have either 32 or 64GB, which, again, is “just enough” to install the OS and a few programs. The bulk of the storage will be handled by Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud service. Buyers of the HP Stream 14 will have access to 100GB of online storage for 2 years, just like Chromebooks. It does have an SDXC slot, so you can add a bit more flash storage as well.
Check below for full specs. I have to say, this is one of the more interesting “ultra cheap” laptops I’ve seen, and I think it would be much more suitable for more people than a Chromebook.