HP Readies 14" Notebook Powered By AMD Mullins APU

Subject: General Tech, Systems | August 22, 2014 - 05:32 PM |
Tagged: Windows 8.1, notebook, netbook, Mullins, hp, amd, A4 Micro-6400T

According to internal support documents unearthed by Liliputing, HP is preparing to launch a new budget notebook powered by an AMD "Mullins" APU. The HP 14Z-z000, which will also be known as the HP Stream Notebook, is a 14-inch netbook running the full version of Windows 8.1 weighing 3.9 pounds and measuring 13.5" x 9.5" x 0.7". The Stream will be the second device from HP to utilize AMD's latest mobile "Mullins" APUs (the first device being the $250 10-inch Pavilion 10z).

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HP's Stream notebook is a traditional laptop-style design that uses a hinged 1366x768 display, full keyboard, trackpad, 720p webcam, and four Beats Audio speakers. However, internally, the Stream resembles tablet hardware more than laptops because the internal storage, processor, and RAM are not upgradeable. Physical IO ports include one HDMI, one USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, and a SDXC card slot.

Internally, the Stream uses an AMD A4 Micro-6400T processor, 2GB of RAM, either 32GB or 64GB of eMMC storage, a 802.11n+Bluetooh 4.0 radio, and a 32Whr battery. The A4 Micro-6400T processor is the interesting bit here, as it is a solution that has not seen many design wins yet. This APU is part of AMD's "Mullins" family which is the successor to Temash. The 28nm HKMG chip features four Puma+ cores (improved Jaguar) clocked at 1.6GHz, a 128 core GCN GPU clocked at 350MHz, 2MB of L2 cache, and support for DDR3L 1333MHz memory. The Micro-6400T is rated at 2.8W SDP (Scenario Design Power) and 4.5W TDP (Thermal Design Power). Further, it features TrustZone technology and new power management features that allow it to boost (or downclock) clockspeeds in certain situations with an emphasis on extending battery life.

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HP is bundling the Stream with 100GB of Microsoft OneDrive which is free for two years.

The Stream should be available shortly with a starting price of $199 from HP. I do wish HP was less stingy with batteries in these low power systems (here's looking at you HP X360), but this Mullins-powered netbook should at least be performance competitive with existing Bay Trail based notebooks according to these Mullins APU benchmarks. I would like to see how this midrange APU (The Micro 6700T is actually the top end Mullins) stacks up to the newer Z3770 Atom.

Are you interested in this new generation of budget notebooks?

Also read: AMD Unveils Beema and Mullins: A Greater than Expected Refresh of Kabini

Source: Liliputing
August 22, 2014 | 06:40 PM - Posted by collie

I like it and I like the price but 64gb for a full OS. Seem just not enough. I would be tempted by this tho, probably just not get it.

August 22, 2014 | 07:39 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

Yeah, 64GB is pretty tight. At least there's an SDXC card slot for additional storage which is probably not that much slower than eMMC ;)

August 22, 2014 | 10:08 PM - Posted by collie

Actual that makes it a lot more interesting tim. Full SD slot, not a micro right? So for about 90$ you could add another 128gb of media........ if it's actually 199$ that's not bad.

August 22, 2014 | 08:55 PM - Posted by tbone (not verified)

wow finally we are seeing a design win, what a whole 5 months after the preview of the mullins chip

August 23, 2014 | 04:30 AM - Posted by JohnGR

How slow is that eMMC? I have a Sempron 3850 and it is just fine for about everything at the normal 1.3GHz or overclocked at 1.6GHz(ASUS motherboard). But I have paired it with an old but more than good enough Agility 3.

How worst is an eMMC compared to an Agility 3?

August 23, 2014 | 01:56 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Only 2GB of non upgradable RAM, and Probably Bingdows 8.1, and even more bloat and services monitoring your every metric. Does this "netbook" have the ability to run a Linux distro, Linux would do fine on 2GB. The TrustZone processor kind of gives me the same feeling, that secure boot does, these "security" Booting BIOSs/Dedicated security processor embedded in the on the processor's die are sort of a double edged sword, and they can be used to lock users in, as well as secure the systems that utilize them. Running Windows on an optimized for low power processor, can be a bit annoying, and even those windows 7 starter versions, ran slow and choppy, hopefully HP can make the SUSE Linux distro the ships(optionally) for their ProBooks, available for this SKU, it should not be to difficult.

August 23, 2014 | 01:58 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

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August 24, 2014 | 03:29 AM - Posted by collie

Well, It's a standard x86 system, so as long as it can boot off usb (have to see what kinda bios is has, it is tablet internals so who knows, but probably...) YES, you can format and install any Linux distro you want. Drivers might be a bit of a bitch but I'm sure its do-able.

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