Software giant Microsoft is reportedly working with computer manufacturers such as Toshiba, HP, and Acer to introduce low-end netbooks that runs Windows 8.1. The company unveiled its upcoming notebook PC, HP Stream 14 with a retail price of $199 last July.
Thanks to German website, Mobilegeeks.de that claimed to have obtained leaked documents regarding this news, more details are now available regarding the purported notebook.
Microsoft aims to get a market share of the Chromebooks with such pricing plans, whereas most 14-inch notebooks and laptops cost about $400 to $2000 or more, depending on the brand and specifications. For an HP model in 14-inch notebook, which is expected to sell at $199, is ultimately a great deal. However, though the price is enticing, the HP Stream 14’s hood doesn’t include Intel inside.
The notebook sports AMD A4 1.6 GHz quad core SOC processor, a mobile microprocessor used for budget or mid-class notebooks with a 1366 x 768 pixel HD LED display and AMD Radeon R3 chip for graphics and non-expandable 2 GB RAM. HP Stream 14’ includes HMDI, headphone/microphone and most basic features of notebook such as USB ports, built-in digital microphone and speakers with a 32-watt hours of battery.
Microsoft is reportedly giving users 2 years of 100 GB One Drive storage for this package. The notebook will be available in the United States for $199. Acer and Toshiba laptops with retail price around $249 will also come in the next few months.