Lenovo is reportedly getting ready to roll out a new series of Windows-based tablets. The MIIX family will include a fairly modest 10-inch model, but also an 8-incher that could run Windows 8.1 out the box.
The MIIX 10 has been showcased at Computex in Taipei and is likely to hit store shelves over the next few weeks. As a matter of fact, it needs to become available as soon as possible, since it packs an Intel Atom Z2760 (aka Clover Trail) processor which will be obsolete once Bay Trail chips will be out.
For now though, the 10-incher doesn’t look all too bad, though it’s clearly not a powerhouse either. The IPS panel boasts a run-of-the-mill 1,366 x 768 pixels resolution, but there are 2 gigs of RAM, a generous 64 GB SSD and plenty of connectivity options (Wi-Fi, SD card slot, micro HDMI, USB) to balance things out.
Running Windows 8 upon launch, the MIIX 10 could be updated to 8.1 soon after, even if Lenovo is keeping unusually quiet on the matter. In terms of design, the thing is not ugly, but is sadly a little too plasticky to be called premium-looking.
The MIIX 10 will naturally come with an optional folio case/keyboard dock, so the functionality is all there to call this fellow a “hybrid”. There will also be a 1.3 MP camera on the tab’s front, while as far as pricing goes things are for now wrapped in mystery.
Rumor has it the 10-incher will be made available for around $600 (sans the folio case), which is far from ideal for a tablet that’s ultimately not top-notch.
Interestingly enough, MIIX 10’s smaller brother, the MIIX 8, seems bound to capture more headlines, as it appears to rock a slimmer form factor and an aluminum exterior. There’s no clear word on the on-board software (fingers crossed for Win 8.1), pricing or availability, but the first photos seem to paint the picture of a far more premium tablet.
There’s even a rear camera on the thing, plus 3G connectivity and a series of optional accessories, including the traditional folio and a stylus. Intriguing, eh?