Hewlett Packard has introduced two new, reasonably priced tablets named the Stream 7 and Stream 8, and unusually, both run Windows 8.1, not Android. How reasonably priced are they? The Stream 7 is $100, but the slightly larger $180 Stream 8 is the more interesting and technically capable of the two.
The Stream 8 has an 8-inch IPS touchscreen with a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, and is powered by a quad-core, 1.8GHz Intel Z3737G Atom processor with 1GB of RAM. There’s 32GB of internal storage space to fill up, plus a MicroSD card slot to add more, along with Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, and a 4000mAh battery for around eight hours usage. A 5-megapixel camera sits on the back, and a 2-megapixel camera is fitted above the screen.
To make the Stream 8 more attractive, HP has struck a deal with T-Mobile to provide 200MB of free 4G data each month. There’s no contract to sign, and it’ll last all the time you have an active account on the tablet. Plus, HP has thrown in a year’s subscription to Office 365 Personal and OneDrive. That’s a $70 saving on its own.
The Stream 7 doesn’t have a data connection outside of Wi-Fi, but it does still come with Office 365 Personal and OneDrive for a year. The smaller, 7-inch screen also has a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, and the device is powered by the same Intel Z3735G processor and 1GB of RAM. The cameras are more basic – a VGA cam above the screen, and a 2-megapixel camera on the rear – but the smaller 3000mAh battery should provide around the same usage time as the Stream 8.
Both Stream tablets are on sale now through HP’s online store. They join the recently announced Stream Chromebooks, which run Google’s Chrome OS and come with either an 11-inch, or 13-inch display.