Windows tablets are starting to sneak under the $100 threshold—and not just obscure Chinese ones, either. HP has announced a new 7", Intel-powered slate that will cost only $99.99 when it hits stores in November.
Both HP and the Windows Blog talk about the tablet, but neither source says much about its specs. Beside the screen size and the presence of an Intel CPU, all we can glean so far is that the HP Stream 7 offers a "full Windows 8.1 experience" and comes with one-year Office 365 Personal subscription, 60 minutes of free Skype service each month for the length of that subscription, and a one-year OneDrive 1TB subscription on top of that. Which, you know, isn't a bad deal.
Along with the Stream 7, HP has also announced the Stream 8, which has a larger 8" screen and a $149.99 price tag. That tablet has the same value-added perks as its smaller sibling, but some variants of it selling at certain retailers will also offer an "optional 200MB of free 4G data each month with no annual contract for the life of the device." Again, neither HP nor Microsoft are quoting specs just yet.
Geoff's writeup about that uber-cheap Chinese tablet probably gives us a good sense of what to expect. Priced at $81, the PiPO Work-W4 runs Windows 8.1 and is powered by a Bay Trail processor with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of solid-state storage. I'm not sure that device will ever be available on this side of the Pacific, but the Slate 7 and Slate 8 likely have similar hardware under the hood.
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