Do good things come in small packages? Lenovo thinks so: It will start selling the 8-inch Miix 2 tablet running Windows 8.1 later this month with a starting price of $299.

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Lenovo introduced the Miix 2 on Wednesday, a revamp to the company’s original Miix tablet, with an 8-inch display and Microsoft Windows 8.1. The small slate is powered by an Intel quad-core Bay Trail processor; the more capable and power efficient successor to last year’s Intel Atom chip.

With a $299 price tag and weight of just 350 grams, consumers looking for the full Windows experience on a small slate are sure to give the new Miix 2 a look. The 8-inch display offers 10-point multi-touch and a 1280 x 800 resolution. Running legacy Windows apps created for higher resolution, larger displays may not be ideal but it is an option unlike Microsoft’s Windows RT devices. Metro-style touch apps will likely provide a solid experience, however.

Similar to other low-cost Windows 8 tablets, the new Miix 2 comes pre-loaded with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 and includes the option of a stylus for digital inking on the capacitive display. A 5-megapixel camera sits on the back of the tablet while a 2-megapixel front-facing camera can be used for Skype or other video chat services.

Lenovo will begin selling the Miix 2 later this month with storage options up to 128 GB of flash memory, which can be expanded with another 32GB via microSD card.

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  1. UMPC all over again, active digitizer and connectivity should be a no brainer by now, why do they continue to offer devices, missing such important features. On any 8 inch device, where finger or stylus input is so important, why not have an active digitizer as an option?

    1. It’s a $299 tablet, what did you expect?

  2. yesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!!!

  3. Most of my work documents are in wordperfect format. I use WP x6. Can this processor and windows 8 run WP x6? AB

    1. It’s regular Windows so I would say yeah

  4. Was this an ad because it sure read like one.

    1. In the industry, we call this a “news article”. ;)

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