One of the many, many products that Lenovo introduced at CES in Las Vegas earlier this month was the Miix 2, a 2-in-1 convertible tablet based on Windows 8.1 and due out in March/April. Today, Lenovo surprised us with the early release of the 10-inch model.
The 10-inch model was originally scheduled for launch in March starting at $499. Now, we love when a company beats out its own release date, especially when it's months early as opposed to a few days or weeks. However, it seems there's also been a bit of a change in price. The models available on Lenovo's website are priced at $699 and $749 (opens in new tab). We've reached out to Lenovo to find out what's going on, so we'll let you know as soon as we hear back. Needless to say, such a huge increase in price certainly makes this device a lot less appealing.
The Miix 2 packs a 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 resolution display with 10-point touch input, and 178 wide viewing angles. This screen is powered by a quad-core Intel Atom SoC, 2 GB of LPDDR3 RAM, and a battery that Lenovo claims offers eight hours of life on a single charge. Storage includes up to 128 GB of internal space and an SD card slot for 32 GB of additional storage. The tablet portion also has JBL-designed stereo speakers while the keyboard dock features a subwoofer, one mini HDMI port, one micro USB port, and one integrated USB 2.0 connector. For photos and video conferencing there's a 2MP camera on the front and a 5MP camera on the back of the device. As far as connectivity is concerned, the Miix 2 has both Wireless N and Bluetooth 4.0. The tablet on its own weighs a mere 1.3 pounds, whereas the keyboard dock adds another 0.97 pounds.