Lenovo's sub-$300 full Windows tablet
The Miix 2 might not boast an iPad's build quality but at just $299 it is cheaper than any Apple tablet and offers the full desktop version of Microsoft Windows 8.1.gadgets Updated: Oct 21, 2013 12:04 IST
The Miix 2 might not boast an iPad's build quality but at just $299 it is cheaper than any Apple tablet and offers the full desktop version of Microsoft Windows 8.1.
When Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced earlier this week that the cost of consumer electronics devices was set to tumble thanks to the latest generation of Intel processors, he clearly wasn't exaggerating.
The Lenovo Miix 2 is an 8-inch full Windows tablet with optional stylus support. Though not in the premium band, the IPS display offers an 800x1280 pixel resolution and a 178° viewing angle. Inside, there's an Intel Bay Trail quad core processor, and up to 128GB of storage, plus a microSD slot for a further 32GB of expansion. It has front (2 megapixel) and rear (8 megapixel) cameras, weighs just 350g and even comes with the Family and Student edition of Microsoft Office pre-installed.
"Many users want the convenience of a smaller screen tablet, but do not want to lose the performance and convenience of a powerful, quad core Windows 8.1 device. With the Lenovo Miix2 8-inch, users can take advantage of a small, light form factor without sacrificing performance," said Bai Peng, vice president and general manager, notebook business unit, Lenovo Business Group.
But perhaps most impressive is the price. At just $299 it is cheaper than most notebook computers yet, when paired with a wireless keyboard offers the features and functionality of a computer.
The Miix 2 will launch later this month and as well as upgraded internal storage, will also be offered with an optional cover and stylus at extra cost.