With Windows 8.1 officially official at last and ready to rock and roll on desktops, laptops, tablets and everything in between, it’s finally time to welcome Lenovo’s latest slate effort, dubbed Miix 2.
Teased ever since June and mentioned in a number of reports as one of the more promising smaller than 10-inch Windows experiences of the fall, the Miix 2 appears to go up against Acer’s updated Iconia W3 and Dell’s Venue Pro 8 with pretty much the same tricks up its sleeve.
That’s portability, a decent amount of heat beneath the hood and, most importantly, affordability. Set to go up for grabs “later this month” starting at $299, the Miix 2 will however offer a couple of premium little extras, like more storage than you can handle (128 GB) and a capacitive stylus, both at the right price.
For 300 bucks, you still get plenty, including 32 GB of internal memory, a befitting 1,280 x 800 pix res panel, 5 MP/2 MP dual cameras and the already customary quad-core Intel Bay Trail processor. No words on things like RAM or battery life yet, though we’re obviously expecting 2 gigs in the former department and eight or nine hours in the latter.
On the software side of things, the emphasis is on productivity, with a free pre-installed copy of Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013, while in terms of connectivity microSD support, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 are the only certainties at this point.
Finally, as far as design is concerned, you can’t say the Miix 2 drifts away from its 10-inch cousin’s overall philosophy and direction too much, though it’s obviously considerably lighter, at 0.77 pounds, and skinnier, with an 8 mm thin profile. Pretty darn swanky, eh?