Lenovo bets big on a small Windows 8.1 tablet: the 8-inch Miix 2 costs $299


Lenovo introduced the Miix 2 on Wednesday, a revamp to the company’s original Miix tablet, with an 8-inch display and Microsoft(s msft) Windows 8.1. The small slate is powered by an Intel(s intc) 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.



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


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?

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