Lenovo has introduced their newest entry into the Windows 8 tablet market with the Lenovo Miix, a decent machine at a low price.
The Miix isn’t exactly a hybrid, but it is, which says more about how useless all this terminology is getting. Strictly speaking, it’s a 10.1” tablet sold with a folio keyboard case. In that sense, it can be both tablet and PC (mostly by virtue of running Windows 8), with switching between the two being a matter of folding up the folio case. The dual-core Intel Atom processor inside seems to suggest that the Miix is tablet first, PC second.
The display quality isn’t bad – a 10.1” 1366 x 768 IPS touchscreen. There’s 64 GB of on-board storage, along with a MicroSD card slot supporting up to 32 GB. Being a tablet first, it’s very light and thin – 1.2 pounds and .4 inches thick. You’ll also find Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, and 3G connectivity specifically for GPS (which is optional). Most attractive of all is probably the 10-hour battery life promised.
By all accounts, the Miix is a middle-of-the-road Windows 8 tablet. It’s priced at $500, or $550 with the keyboard case, which makes it attractively priced in the 10.1” tablet class. That said, it’s to be determined if the price is attractive enough to make the step down in specs from high-end devices worth it. In any case, it’s nice to see more affordable Windows 8 tablets starting to roll out to compete with Android.