In August of last year, we had the Miix 510 down as Lenovo’s answer the the Microsoft Surface line, thanks to the same kind of kickstand, Intel Core i processors, and the Active Pen stylus as an option. At CES this year, Lenovo is going after the Surface Pro. The Miix 720 is much more expensive than the 510, but now includes an updated version of the Active Pen, along with upgrades to the processor and display.
Like with the Miix 510, the 720 is a 12″ slate PC with a detachable magnetic keyboard. The slate retains the Surface-like kickstand, marked by the watchband hinge that Lenovo introduced years ago on their Yoga series of 2-in-1 laptops. Inside that slate, Lenovo has your choice of 7th generation Intel Core i processors, up to 16 GB of RAM, and up to a 1 TB PCIe SSD. That brings it about up to speed with the best when it comes to laptop-level specs, so we’re expecting it to be a solid answer to the Surface Pro at least on hardware alone. It’s powered by a 41 WHr battery, which Lenovo says should last eight hours.
Where Lenovo has made the biggest strides is in the display. The 2880 x 1920 touch display is on par with the Surface Pro and is protected by Gorilla Glass for a little extra durability. They’ve also kept the device fairly lightweight at 1.72 pounds without keyboard and 2.42 pounds with. Add in a dual-array microphone, a 1 MP IR front camera (there’s also a 5 MP rear camera), stereo speakers with Dolby Audio, and a good selection of ports (microSD card slot, one USB Type-C 3.1 port, one USB 3.0 port, and one USB 2.0 port), and you’ve got a pretty promising mobile work device. The IR camera in particular is a nice addition, as it allows for login by facial recognition using Windows Hello.
But, one of the strengths of the Surface Pro is its usefulness for digital artists. For them, Lenovo has decided to bundle their stylus with the Miix 720. Now updated to the Active Pen 2, the stylus has 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity — roughly speaking, the more there are, the closer the pen feels to using a pen or pencil on paper. The keyboard, which is also included, is backlit and has 1.5 mm of key travel.
The Lenovo Miix 720 will be available in April in gold or grey starting at $1,000. The Lenovo Active Pen 2, to be bundled with the Miix 720, can be purchased on its own for use with other devices in February for $60.
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