Laptops can easily cost an arm and a leg, which no doubt deters a lot of people from straying away from their desktop. Microsoft and their partners are looking to remedy that, however, and have promised that the fall is going to bring a lot of portable computers priced at $249 or less. The HP Stream looks like the first of those budget notebooks.

The HP Stream isn’t for sale yet, but support documents that were posted to the HP website give us most of the details with the exception of the release date and the finished look of the laptop. The above image is simply a placeholder. Let your imagination be your guide!

The HP Stream will be 14 inches with a 1366 x 768 display. It will be equipped with an AMD A4 Micro-6400T “Mullins” 4.5W quad-core processor (and what seems to be integrated Radeon R3 graphics), 2GB of RAM, and either 32GB or 64GB of solid state storage. It’s powered by a 32Whr battery and Windows 8.1. And while the storage options don’t sound like a lot, it comes with 2 years of 100GB OneDrive cloud storage.

If you’re planning to upgrade the laptop yourself, you should know that the RAM and storage are attached to a tablet-like system board. According to the manual, you should be able to replace the battery, keyboard, touchpad, display, or wireless panel with relative ease.

via Liliputing

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