Lenovo's Miix 2 was only announced at CES, but it's already available for purchase on the company's website. Lenovo originally intended to launch the 10-inch version of the Miix 2 in March and the 11-inch model a month later, in April. However, the Miix 2 10 hit Lenovo's website earlier this week and was available to buy right away. The only problem was that it was $200 more expensive than Lenovo said it would be.
We got in touch with Lenovo to try to figure out what happened. How is it that a product can go from $499 to $699 in the space of a few weeks? The good news is that the Miix 2 isn't actually going to cost $200 more than Lenovo originally said. A representative for Lenovo told us via email today that the Miix 2 "will be priced at $499 in Retail" and that the Miix 2 11 will start at $699 when it does become available. The rep said the final price on Lenovo.com would be adjusted on Thursday.
That still leaves us with a couple of questions, especially since the pricing for the Miix 2 10 on Lenovo.com is now different from what it was yesterday, but still isn't the $499 Lenovo has promised (twice now). At time of writing, Lenovo's site had the Miix 2 starting at $599, with a bump in storage capacity jacking the price up to $699. We also still don't know when the Miix 2 11 will launch, though that isn't scheduled to arrive until April.
We're still waiting for a response from Lenovo on the above, but you should probably hold off on your Miix 2 10 purchase until things get straightened out. We will update this article once everything becomes clear.
UPDATE: Lenovo has updated the pricing for the Miix 2 10 yet again. The site now says the convertible tablet starts at $599 but drops to $499 after the application of an e-coupon (code: MIIX10DEAL). Despite touting a base-price of $499 when it announced the Miix 2 10 at CES, Lenovo's website now boasts that users will 'save' $100 with this coupon.