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Lenovo announces the $299 8-inch Miix 2 with Windows 8.1 and Intel Bay Trail-T SoC

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Lenovo announces the $299 8-inch Miix 2 with Windows 8.1 and Intel Bay Trail-T SoC
Lenovo is welcoming a new tablet to its growing Miix family with the budget-friendly 8-inch Miix 2. Running on Windows 8.1, the Chinese giant is marketing the slate as a productivity device, and we'll gladly give them this one, for apart from coming with Microsoft's latest, full-fledged desktop OS, the tablet also ships with a full Office Home & Student 2013 license and touts a dedicated stylus.

Unlike most other tablet manufacturers on the market these days, Lenovo prefers to conduct business with Intel, which means that we have the latest ultra-mobile SoC from the Santa Clara-based company on-board the Miix 2 – a quad-core Intel Bay Trail-T. While we don't know the exact model that will go into the Miix 2, it's likely that we'll get the 1.5GHz Atom Z3770 or the 1.3GHz Atom Z3740, both of which offer performance rivaling that of competing solutions from Qualcomm and ARM.

The rest of the internals are also pretty decent, considering that Lenovo will be pricing these quite competitvely: $299/$349 for the 32GB/64GB models respectively. These include 2GB of LPDDR3 memory, 2MP front/5MP rear cameras and a microSD slot that will allow you to expand the internal storage already on-board. The Lenovo Miix 2 is also fairly compact, at 131.6x215.4x8.1mm and a weight of around 12.32 ounces (or 350 grams). It would appear that the 8-inch 1280x800 (16:10) IPS display is the tablet's weakest link, though battery capacity hasn't been shared, but Lenovo has promised up to 7 hours of battery life.

In terms of connectivity, there's nothing out of the ordinary considering we're closing in on 2014: Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, 3G and GPS3.

Lenovo says the tablet will be made available by the end of the month, though it hasn't provided any specifics as to which part of the globe will see the Miix 2 first.

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posted on 16 Oct 2013, 11:09

1. fouadqr (Posts: 290; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


This or note 8.0 ? O.o

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 11:38 17

5. sri_tech (Posts: 188; Member since: 21 May 2013)


This is cheaper and comes with full WIndows 8, MS Office 2013.
In my opinion Windows 8 is much better OS for tablets than iOS or android.

Note 8 has more apps though.

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 12:44 5

17. kalandershihab (Posts: 57; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)


Windows can run android apps via virtualization.

Not sure if this tablet as enough guts to run Bluestacks though.

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 12:55 7

18. Shatter (Posts: 2015; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Bluestacks is a laggy piece of crap. It can't run games smoothly on my PC with a 4.5ghz i5 4670k and a 7950. Hopefully android 5.0 has real x86 support.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 16:17

36. Darkhell (Posts: 26; Member since: 03 Nov 2013)


Yeah that software is crap and lags on my Alienware and makes it useless, better off running true android in a VM, am running android 4.3 on my surface with oracle and it runs perfect. I can't get kitkat to work worth a crap though.

Google announced they are working with Microsoft to create an app that runs their chrome book OS on top of windows 8. Good things are coming.

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 16:39

29. deewinc (Posts: 156; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Lenovo signed a deal with Blustacks to equip all of it's notebooks and tablets with a custom made Bustacks app. I hop this one is included on the rooster too.

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 17:25

30. sprockkets (Posts: 1160; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


It's cheaper because it doesn't have a wacom digitizer, or at least it isn't specified. Any tablet can use a capacitive stylus, but that doesn't give it the abilities a "note" or Surface Pro has.

A Galaxy Note 8.0 is $279. I'm willing to bet the Asus MeMo Tab 8 will be even cheaper if their 7" one is only $150

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 11:50 11

8. Pancholo (Posts: 377; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Get this and an Android phone. Problem solved!

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 11:12

2. _Bone_ (Posts: 2123; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Hm, too good to be true? A pity for the low resolution though.

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 11:25

3. valapsp (Posts: 474; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


why is it so saturated????

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 12:00 4

11. Pancholo (Posts: 377; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


The picture was probably made by a graphic artist intern at Lenovo. :P

Failtoshop.

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 12:05

12. valapsp (Posts: 474; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


:D:D:D

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 11:25

4. timbehnkendammit (Posts: 4; Member since: 02 Oct 2013)


They had me sold until I saw the stylus. There HAS to be a way to get down the price of a Wacom digitizer. The damn technology has been available in Windows PC's for over 10 years. How does it STILL cost $800 and up to buy one?

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 11:59

10. Pancholo (Posts: 377; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Are you concerned about the digitizer coming separate from the device, or the digitizer affecting the price of it? Because if you're worried about the pen affecting the price, your initial "they had me sold until I saw the stylus" made no sense, as you were already "sold" on the device in general (price and all, of course).

Otherwise, you're confusing.

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 12:32

15. downphoenix (Posts: 2301; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


I think he is complaining about how that is the best stylus but its well outside of the price range of the average joe. Then again, Im sure that particular stylus has a lot of patent protections that prevents imitators from making their own, and also it is kind of a special application kind of deal, so it doesnt exactly have a big market to drive it down by mass production.

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 15:48

27. timbehnkendammit (Posts: 4; Member since: 02 Oct 2013)


I'm disappointed because all I've wanted since my original Fujitsu Stylistic 4100 went to the scrap heap in the sky, I've wanted a tablet with the accuracy of Wacom's digitizer system (to me, a tablet serves no purpose if I can't WRITE ON IT.) Rubber-tipped styli are inaccurate and feel like writing with a broken crayon. Capacitive touchscreens have only been commercially available to consumers since 2008, while Wacom digitized displays haven been around since 2001 (Sony utilized them on their upper-end VAIO desktops), and yet a Wacom tablet still costs 2-3x more than its capacitive counterpart.

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 12:57 1

20. HildyJ (Posts: 116; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Amen. A capacitive stylus is going to be very frustrating on desktop applications like MS Office and will be nearly useless for handwriting recognition on the keyboard or in OneNote. Wacom, n-Trig, and Synaptics all offer active digitizer solutions and they are not that expensive.

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 11:42

6. Razrman (Posts: 68; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Not bad Lenovo.

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 11:47

7. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 849; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


32/64GB with Win 8.1? There won't be any storage left.

We don't even know how this will perform either with that chipset and minuscule amount of RAM (I think, for a Windows machine).

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 11:56

9. Pancholo (Posts: 377; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


I agree with the memory capacity argument, considering it's a full blown Windows device. This is probably another way to keep pushing for the cloud era even if, at the moment, our internet connections are not up to par with our GIGS of storage that end up getting downloaded/uploaded.

Also, did I miss something or this won't have a USB port?

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 04:35

32. bon24x7 (Posts: 205; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


2 GB is more than enough for Win 8. I have a netbook running Win 8 pro 64 bit and under normal running conditions the RAM usage is never over 750 MB. And it has never crossed 1.5 GB usage, and thats when running dreamweaver or netbeans or eclipse with chrome and music playing in the background. I don't think 8.1 will make much difference to that. So 2 GB is not so minuscule like you say and especially when its just an 8" device like this Lenovo.

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 12:11 3

13. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1079; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Folks like I said before The 8 inch Windows 8.1 tablets would become the hero tabl;ets that
Microsoft needs to get a lot of Windows 8.1 tablets into the hands of a lot of people. they are
priced in that sweet spot- 300 to 350 dollars and they will come with MS office Home/Student
and will also get "Outlook". you can make a Document on an 8 inch tablet when it's in the landscape on it's long side position. you can read the full page of a paper back novel at it's original font size when this tablet is in the portraiture position. The Miix 8- 64 gig is the best one to buy but they also come in 128gigs also. I see a lot of 8 inch Windows 8.1 tablets sold in the coming month's.

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 12:15 2

14. Razrman (Posts: 68; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


You know what, you might be right. As I get used to use Windows 8 at home i'm kind of liking it more and more, so a tablet with full blown windows could be my next tablet.

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 14:18

34. carlosechev07 (Posts: 39; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


Why Microsoft Office is showed as a big deal on W8 tablets, if all Android devices and iOS devices can use QuickOffice for free, all integrated with Google Drive, and with power features like OnLine Collaboration.. Even Office360 does not offers a fluid experience in online collaboration.

Maybe a few years ago MS Office was a number one suite, but today MS Office lacks of power cloud features and cross platform capacities..!!

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 12:39 3

16. mholeydroid (Posts: 13; Member since: 02 May 2012)


MY company is going to buy some of these for our crew guys. Im an energy auditor and I have the Samsung Ativ 700t Pro with a stylus an i5 and paid $1500 for. this cheap tablet would perfect for them. Win!

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 12:57

19. Shatter (Posts: 2015; Member since: 29 May 2013)


What about the cheap Asus tablets that run x86 windows. They have the dual core atoms.

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 15:18

25. mholeydroid (Posts: 13; Member since: 02 May 2012)


the old atoms are slow as hell. these new ones are probably going to be as fast as an i3 if not faster

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 13:05

21. StreetNerd (Posts: 703; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


what is the difference between miix 2 and miix 8?

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 13:09

22. bucky (Posts: 1377; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Anyone confirm that this has usb?

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 13:15

23. StreetNerd (Posts: 703; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


i dont think it has one..... -_-

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 15:20

26. mholeydroid (Posts: 13; Member since: 02 May 2012)


usb and Bluetooth

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 15:12

24. Eonnaydra (Posts: 204; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


Does it really have 3G?

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 16:09

28. RedFox (Posts: 17; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


I was thinking about buying a new good looking mid size tablet by the holiday season , my choice was lg g pad 8.3 . so which is better in your opinion this tablet or lg ? both tablet priced at 300 $ .

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 18:44 1

31. -box- (Posts: 3778; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


I'd like to see a comparison of 8" class Windows 8 tablets, especially this and the Acer Iconia W3, and others

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 09:52

33. Champion (Posts: 12; Member since: 14 Oct 2013)


Best tablet..

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 16:07

35. Darkhell (Posts: 26; Member since: 03 Nov 2013)


I would rather pay more and get a high rez screen and use the 2.2Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 800. I would easily drop 500 bucks for a more powerful 8 inch windows 8 tablet. Cheap ones like this is good, I am going to get one for my wife to surf and read books but it doesn't personally appeal to me.

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