Lenovo announces the budget-friendly Miix Win8 tablet
By Paul Ridden
June 24, 2013
Lenovo has pulled back the curtain on a new Windows 8 hybrid called the Miix. Described as a multi-mode device, when docked with an optional folio case with included AccuType keyboard, the 10.1-inch tablet can be used like an Ultrabook. It's driven by a Clover Trail Atom processor, and promises up to 10 hours of continuous use between charges from the 6800 mAh Li-Pol battery. Not bad at all for something that's being priced at around US$500.
The Surface-like Miix features a 10.1-inch, 1366 x 768 resolution IPS display panel that's capable of supporting five simultaneous touch points. Minus the optional folio, the tablet tips the scales at 1.2 lb (580 g), and measures 10.43 x 6.81 x 0.39 in (265 x 173 x 10.1 mm). Its Intel Atom Z2760 dual-core processor with integrated graphics is supported by up to 2 GB of LP-DDR2 RAM and 64 GB of eMMC storage, with microSD card expansion.
Wireless connectivity comes in the shape of 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and the option of 3G and GPS with certain models. There's a mini-HDMI port, and micro-USB 2.0 and, though there's no mention of such in the press release from Lenovo, the overview video below shows the Miix sporting a SIM card slot. Completing the supplied specs are stereo speakers and a 1 megapixel webcam to the front. This tablet does not come with a rear-facing camera.
Lenovo has also revealed new Win8 additions to the IdeaPad S and U Series notebooks. The S210 Touch has an 11.6-in HD display and runs a Core i3 processor. The S400 Touch and S500 Touch models have HD displays of 14 and 15.6 in respectively, and pack a Core i5 powerhouse with the option of throwing in discrete graphics. All feature Dolby Advance Audio v2.
The U330 Touch offers 13.3 inches of multi-touch interaction, while the U430 Touch has a little more display real estate at 14 diagonal inches. At around 0.77 in thin, they're skinny enough to stand beside Ultrabooks, and both run up to fourth gen core i7 processors and come with an Nvidia GeForce GPU. Users can choose from 1 TB of hybrid storage, including 16 GB of solid state oomph, a 500 GB HDD with 16 GB of integrated NAND Flash, or embrace the future completely with 256 GB of SSD storage. Both laptops benefit from a multi-touch trackpad, supplemented by motion and voice control.
Here's that overview video of the Miix.