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Smartphones & Tablets Briefs

HP Adds Low-Price Windows Tab

PALO ALTO, CALIF. – Hewlett-Packard is bringing Windows 8 tablets and notebooks down to lower opening price points.

The company plans November availability at and through select retailers.

The tablets are the HP Stream 7 Tablet, which starts at $99 retail, and the HP Stream 8 Tablet, which starts at $149. The notebooks are the HP Stream with 11.6-inch-diagonal screen, starting at $199, and the HP Stream with 13.3- inch display starting at $229. All feature Windows 8.1.

The company already offers Android tablets starting at $99. HP’s website also shows current Windows tablets starting at $399 for a 10-inch model and Windows notebooks starting at $249. The company has offered $199 Windows notebooks in the past, a spokesperson said.

Hot Spot Connects To 15 Devices

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Novatel extended the capabilities of 4G mobile hot spots with the launch of a Verizon-network model that connects up to 15 Wi-Fi devices at a time to the Internet.

Other hot spots also connect up to a maximum 10 Wi-Fi devices at a time.

The Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi 6620L is also the first mobile hot spot with an embedded power pack to charge a smartphone on the go, Verizon said.

The Jetpack with XLTE service is available through Verizon’s website and stores at $49 after a $50 mail-in rebate debit card with new two-year activation.

iPhone 6’s Plus-Size Margin

EL SEGUNDO, CALIF. — Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus not only offers a bigger display than its little buddy the iPhone 6, but it also offers a heftier margin for Apple, according to a teardown analysis by IHS Technology.

The iPhone 6 Plus with 5.5-inch screen is retailpriced at $100 more than the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, but the Plus costs only $15.60 more to build, based on its bill of materials and manufacturing costs.

The unsubsidized price of the two phones is $649 and $749, respectively. The iPhone 6’s bill of materials and manufacturing costs comes to $200.10, and the 6 Plus’s cost are $215.60.