HP Stream 7 for $99 (USD)
So that’s not a typo , you can get a Windows Tablet with Windows 8.1 (32 bit version) on it (not Windows RT) for $99 (USD). I walked into the Microsoft Store in Bellevue last night to have a look at the Lumina 830 and ended up walking out with this 7 inch device from HP.
This new device from HP is a 7 inch mini tablet that has just come out in time for the holiday season, now this is not an iPad Mini compete device. It is an entry Windows device and you can see that in the build quality and hardware specs compared to that of the iPad mini. In saying that this is a stunning little device, yes it is a bigger and heavier that the iPad mini but it is on par with my Kindle Fire. Did i mention its $99 ( oh and you get Office 365 for 1 year, worth $65 included with it) that’s a tablet for $34. HP has managed to leverage Microsoft’s zero dollar licensing to get this device down to a price point that it is almost a throw away device once you are done with it.
The Stream 7 weighs in at 7.8 pounds and uses a quad core 1.33 GHZ Intel Atom Z3735G processor with 1 GB or Ram and has 32 GB of internal storage on the device. It does offer a micro SD expansion slot which will allow you to put all of your apps, music and videos onto a SD card. I have installed a few basic apps ( Netflix and Fifa 15) and there has been no lag when playing video or games but it does not have LTE so you have to be connected to Wi-Fi or tethered to you phone.
The screen is crisp and clear and leverages an IPS touch screen running at 1280 * 800 and brightness is great at night when you are using the device to read via your kindle app. No matter what the device audio is always going to be a bit poor ( due to the tiny speakers) and the same can be said with the Stream 7. The stream has both a front and rear facing camera which i will be testing out tonight when we record the latest episode of GeeksphereTV, so i will look to update this article once i have done that with the results.
Other key features of the HP Stream 7 is a USB 2.0 port that is a charging + connection port, Wi-Fi 802.11bgn is included which will allow for Miracast to be achieved ( i have yet to test this feature and performance).
Overall this is the first sub $100 tablet that is running Windows that i think can compete across the spectrum against the slew of Android low end devices. If you get the chance to see one of these then buy it, you will not be disappointed and you can give it to your kids and not have to worry about them breaking a $600 mini tablet.
Update: If you want one in NZ then here is the Amazon link.
The un-boxing of the HP Stream 7: