Have you seen the HP Stream 14? It seems Microsoft wants a $200 Chromebook killer

HP's Stream 14, priced at under $200, comes with a 14-inch screen and Windows 8.1 OS. Might kill Chromebooks.

Written by Nandagopal Rajan | Published:August 19, 2014 2:16 pm
Hp Stream 14 If devices like the HP Steam 14 use Windows 8.1, it might not need to be connected to the web all the time like a Chromebook. (Image from Mobile Geeks)

Microsoft seems to be taking the ever-increasing threat from Google’s Chromebooks seriously if reports of a $200 laptop are anything to go by.

Reports suggest HP’s Stream 14 will be priced under $200 with a 14-inch screen and Windows 8.1. However, the device will be powered by an AMD A4 Micro processor yoked to 2GB of RAM, a 1366×768 screen and 32GB of flash storage.

The first images of the HP Stream 14 were posted by Mobile Geeks and HP seems to have removed the page where the specs were listed till early on August 19.

The key factor here being that all this would make it cheaper than the cheapest Chromebook priced at $299. There will be more expensive versions too with a more powerful processor, 64GB of space or FullHD storage.

In markets like India, the Chromebooks, despite their price points, have not been able to make a huge impact due to the lack of Internet penetration. If devices like the HP Steam 14 use Windows 8.1, it might not need to be connected to the web all the time like a Chromebook. This could be crucial as far as adoption is concerned.

The heartening thing, of course, is that Microsoft and its device partners are working on more affordable devices which will benefit emerging markets like India.

We will keep you posted.

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  1. V
    Jun 5, 2015 at 11:03 am
    14 inch display and that with the support of windows operating system is a better one over the 11 inch chromebook series with a limited functionality & will be hugely accepted by indian buyers. keep it up windows..you are the best one.
  2. V
    Jun 5, 2015 at 11:05 am
    can anyone tell when it is coming to INDIA ??
  3. G
    Aug 19, 2014 at 9:01 am
    what's wrong with a netbook for someone to consider chromebook or its rival from microsoft? it comes in the same range, is sier and only lacks an optical drive.
  4. J
    Jayson Raymond
    Aug 19, 2014 at 2:37 pm
    Chromebooks no longer need to be connected all the time - there are a large number of Chrome Apps that now work offline. When connected they are arguably more secure because every app must run in the sandbox of the Chrome browser.
  5. R
    Aug 21, 2014 at 5:33 am
    Netbook screen size is very small and the experience on working is very bad. Compared to netbook, you can use any tablet for better experience
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