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HP Releases New Cloud-Oriented Laptops w/ Budget Specs

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HP’s ever-growing family of laptops has today received a new member with the addition of the 14-inch Stream notebook. Older members, including the 11.6-inch Stream and Stream x360, have been given upgrades in the specs department to make them more up-to-par with HP’s latest offering.

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Not much is different between the old and new versions of the Stream lineup, however all three of the laptops mentioned above have received the following internals.

  • 32GB eMMC storage
  • 4GB DDR3L SDRAM
  • Intel Celeron N3060 Processor

If you recall, the old versions of the 11.6-inch Stream laptops included an Intel Celeron N3050 which was released back in 2014. Since the N3060 was released just this year, it’s safe to say that this new chipset is up to date.

Right now, I feel like we need to address the elephant in the room: that storage amount. What the heck can you do with 32GB of storage on a Windows 10 PC? Well, obviously not much, but with their new approach, HP hopes that you’ll be using the cloud a bit more.

See, the reason why these specs aren’t as great as they could be is due to HP’s new cloud-focused approach to their Stream lineup. They’ve realized that many people store almost all their data in the cloud for ease of access later and are “more concerned about the strength of the web connection rather than the power of the processor”, hence the low-end chipset found in these PCs. By now including 802.11ac Wi-Fi support in the Stream lineup, HP believes that this is the correct path to follow for the budget-friendly laptops they offer as these computers tend to go on the web more than any other application available.

Pricing wise, HP will be charging $199 for the Stream 11.6-inch model when it’s released at the end of this month, while the 14-inch model of the laptop will retail for $219 starting September 7th. However, it’s unclear how much the upgraded Stream x360 will cost. We’ll update this post if we gain that information.

You can learn more about HP’s new Stream family via the blog post below.

Stream PC family delivers an affordable cloud computing experience

Improved connectivity, longer battery life and sleeker designs highlight the new generation of cloud-based PCs.

By Amanda Naranjo, Corporate Communications Intern, HP Newsroom


Source: HP via The Verge

 

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