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HP 14 will be one of the first Windows 11 laptops powered by an ARM Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 processor

HP 14 laptop will marry a Snapdragon 7c ARM processor with Windows 11 when it launches this October (Source: HP)
HP 14 laptop will marry a Snapdragon 7c ARM processor with Windows 11 when it launches this October (Source: HP)
The budget 14-inch laptop launches this October with just 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB eMMC for a presumably affordable starting price. It's going to have a lot to prove as Windows laptops running on ARM have never worked out very well in the past.

In preparation for Windows 11, HP will be launching a handful of laptops with the new OS pre-installed. One of these models will be the affordable 14-inch HP 14 that is expected to come in cheaper than most other initial Windows 11 laptops when they become available this October.

A unique feature of the HP 14 will be its Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 ARM processor instead of the usual x86 on 99 percent of Windows PCs. Windows has always had a shaky relationship with ARM CPUs, but the HP 14 is proof that Microsoft isn't planning on giving up just yet. While we expect battery life to be through the roof — 11.5 hours of video playback according to the manufacturer — we'll just have to see for ourselves if raw performance will be up to everyday tasks.

Everything else about the laptop will be fairly low-end to reflect the entry-level price point. The 8 GB of soldered RAM, 128 GB eMMC storage, and 1080p display with only 45 percent NTSC color coverage are not anything to write home even when compared to the some newer Pavilion models. HP says the final price of the HP 14 will not be made public until closer to launch.

  • 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 processor, 2.4 GHz
  • Qualcomm Adreno 618 integrated graphics
  • 8 GB LPDDR4x-4266 MHz RAM (soldered)
  • 128 GB eMMC storage
  • 14-inch FHD IPS display, 250 nits, 45 percent NTSC (or ~60 percent sRGB)
  • Qualcomm Atheros WiFi 5 w/ Bluetooth 5
  • MicroSD reader, USB-C (5 Gbps), 2x USB-A (5 Gbps), 3.5 mm combo audio
  • 32 Wh Li-ion battery, 45 W AC adapter
  • 12.75 x 8.31 x 0.67 inches
  • 2.65 lbs
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Allen Ngo, 2021-09-21 (Update: 2021-09-21)