Microsoft is going after Chromebooks big time, and that means more ultra-cheap Windows laptops are coming. According to Liliputing, the next such system will hail from HP, and it will couple a 14" screen with an AMD Mullins processor for only $199.
Known as the HP Stream 14, the system isn't listed for purchase yet—but it is right here on HP's support site. According to the PDF manual, the system will have a 14" 1366x768 display, an AMD A4 Micro-6400T processor, up to 2GB of RAM, either 32GB or 64GB of eMMC storage, a 32Wh battery, and Windows 8.1 with two years of 100GB OneDrive cloud storage. The thing will be 0.7" thick and will weigh in at 3.86 lbs.
Given the processor's puny 4.5W TDP and the fact that there's apparently not an ounce of mechanical storage in there, I'd expect the Stream 14's battery life to be fairly decent despite the small-ish 32Wh capacity. The processor might be a little sluggish, though. Its four cores are clocked at just 1GHz with a 1.6GHz Turbo speed.
According to Liliputing, the Stream 14 will start at just $199, which will put it 50 bucks below the Pavilion 10z—another Windows-based specimen with Mullins under the hood. The Pavilion 10z has a 10.1" touchscreen and a more manageable 2.5-lb weight, which might explain the price disparity.
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