Aside from the affordable Windows 8.1 laptops that HP and Microsoft recently revealed, the two companies also announced two Windows 8.1 OS and Intel processors-powered tablets which they call Stream 7 and Stream 8. Their names will immediately tell you their screen sizes, 7 inches and 8 inches respectively. And these slates are budget-friendly too.
HP has not released many of these devices' technical specs but what are known to tech bloggers is that the Stream 7 and Stream 8 will highly likely to offer the same set of specs and features aside from the display sizes. There would be HD resolution, quad-core processor by Intel and free stuff from Microsoft. GSMArena even reported that 1GB of RAM and an internal storage of 32GB will be on board and will support microSD card for memory expansion.
Like the Stream 13.3 and Stream 11.6 laptop counterparts, the Stream 7 and Stream 8 will come with free Microsoft Office 365 Personal Edition and 1TB of cloud storage via OneDrive for one year. And then the 4G variant of Stream 8 tablet will be offered with free 200MB worth of data every month for the whole "life of the device" and that is the sweetest deal I wanna have with these Windows tablets, but it's optional though and does not require to sign an annual contract. It is always better to have a data connection that is always ready to keep us connected online when WiFi is not around, right?
Both tablets will come with free 60 minutes of Skype every month for the whole year. So how much these HP Stream 7 and HP Stream 8 tablets is going to cost you each? The 7 inches will be for $99.99 and then the 8 inches one will be for $149.99 and according to Microsoft should be available in the US by November. No words yet if they will be released internationally. If they will be offered with the same freebies in the Philippines, I will definitely get one.