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

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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Miix2
  • Display 8.0" 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Intel Atom, Quad-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDHC

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36 Comments

1. fouadqr

Posts: 326; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

This or note 8.0 ? O.o

5. sri_tech

Posts: 188; Member since: May 21, 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.

17. kalandershihab

Posts: 57; Member since: Mar 09, 2012

Windows can run android apps via virtualization. Not sure if this tablet as enough guts to run Bluestacks though.

18. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 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.

36. Darkhell

Posts: 33; Member since: Nov 03, 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.

29. deewinc

Posts: 454; Member since: Feb 21, 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.

30. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 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

8. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Get this and an Android phone. Problem solved!

2. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

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

3. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

why is it so saturated????

11. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

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

12. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

:D:D:D

4. timbehnkendammit

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 02, 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?

10. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 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.

15. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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.

27. timbehnkendammit

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 02, 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.

20. HildyJ

Posts: 332; Member since: Aug 11, 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.

6. Razrman

Posts: 100; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Not bad Lenovo.

7. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 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).

9. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 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?

32. bon24x7

Posts: 211; Member since: Aug 30, 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.

13. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

14. Razrman

Posts: 100; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

34. carlosechev07

Posts: 39; Member since: Oct 16, 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..!!

16. mholeydroid

Posts: 13; Member since: May 02, 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!

19. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

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

25. mholeydroid

Posts: 13; Member since: May 02, 2012

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

21. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

what is the difference between miix 2 and miix 8?

22. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Anyone confirm that this has usb?

23. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

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

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