Lenovo officially announces Miix2 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet

Way back in June, Microsoft showed off an upcoming 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet from Lenovo as part of its Computex keynote. However, Lenovo itself made no such announcement about that product. Today, that finally changed, as the company officially revealed the Miix 2 tablet.

The tablet will have Intel's Bay Trail-T Quad Core processor inside and the screen will have a 1280x800 resolution. The Miix2 will have 2 GB of RAM and a choice of either 32GB or 64GB of on-board storage, which can be expanded with the microSD slot. The tablet's weight is .77 pounds and Lenovo claims it will have up to seven hours of battery life. The Miix2 also has two cameras, a 5 megapixel rear lens and a 2 megapixel front facing camera.

In addition to Windows 8.1, Lenovo is throwing in a free pre-installed copy of Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 with every Miix2. Buyers can also get a stylus as an option for the Miix2, along with a cover that can double as a stand for the tablet; the price for getting both options is $20.

Lenovo will start selling the Miix2 later in October for the price of $299 for the 32GB version and $349 for the 64GB unit.

Source: Lenovo email press release | Image via Lenovo

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real windows on an 8 inch tablet with office for $300.
i like where this is going...

i have no portable computer now, and i need one before next year...
i was thinking thinking ultrabook, but for $300, i might get both.

Looks good. I have a surface pro and I love it but would also really like a 7-8 inch tablet for more on the go stuff put it in my jacket and go thing. Good form factor for what amount to a real pc. Price looks good to.

I would prefer it to be 4-8GB ram though and would rather see a higher res display.

What I would really want is a surface pro with a 7 inch 1080P screen, 4-8Gb ram, 64GB SSD, LTE/4G, 8 hrs battery for $299.

Probably another year or 2 before this hits but we are getting alot closer.

Edited by swanlee, Oct 16 2013, 5:35pm :

This tablet looks sweet. If I were going to get an MS Tablet. It would be the surface and then this one.

The battery life should be better for general tasks I agree

No mention of Bluetooth. My dream is to miracast into a monitor/tv and have a Bluetooth keyboard/mouse sitting on my desk. Set up a hotkey on the keyboard to turn on miracast. Then I can walk around with the tablet, then set it anywhere on the desk(or within Bluetooth range), hit a key on the keyboard and away I go with full functionality. When I need to go off and do something else, just pick up the tablet and go. Give it wireless charging and it'd be even dreamier(place on charger that has a NFC tag for turning on miracast)

Finally a Windows tablet that can at least compete on price. Only $30 more than the Nexus 7, and comes with Office.

If you can hook this up to an external monitor and keyboard to type simple reports, I think they might have a winner here.

Can Windows tablets finally catch on? All this competition is great for us consumers!

No disrespect to anyone that doesn't mind 1280x800, but in an age of retina displays, 1080p, and other high resolution tablets, 1280x800 screens simply doesn't cut it for me anymore.

Figure 8 Dash said,
No disrespect to anyone that doesn't mind 1280x800, but in an age of retina displays, 1080p, and other high resolution tablets, 1280x800 screens simply doesn't cut it for me anymore.

the iPad mini has an even lower resolution (1024x768), pretty much the same size, and yet it's an Apple product.

same for the macbook air 11": for $1000 you get a 1366x768 screen.

so much for the age of retina displays!

a 8" screen, with a 1280x800 resolution has a much higher pixel density in comparison.

for $299 it's a reasonable choice.

For a $300 entertainment device that's only 8", I think 1280 is great. I'm find with it even on my 10" Surface RT. My Surface Pro looks a lot better, but again, for the price and smaller size, I think 1280 will be more than sufficient.

This is nearing my ideal tablet. 7-8 inch, x86 apps, active stylus. Just misses on resolution, battery & possibly performance until I hear some benchmarks. Hmm...maybe next year.

Cyborg_X said,
This is nearing my ideal tablet. 7-8 inch, x86 apps, active stylus. Just misses on resolution, battery & possibly performance until I hear some benchmarks. Hmm...maybe next year.

It has a slightly higher PPI than the iPad Mini. I think the resolution isn't terrible, but it isn't very competitive.

Hum interesting. Good price for what you get.

Seven hours of battery life (if this is while doing general tasks like mail and net) is kind of too low though. I consider 8 hours a bare minimum for general tasks.

LaP said,
Hum interesting. Good price for what you get.

Seven hours of battery life (if this is while doing general tasks like mail and net) is kind of too low though. I consider 8 hours a bare minimum for general tasks.

Which is why Microsoft needs to keep Windows RT around. It's running on cheaper and lighter hardware that can compete with cheap android devices.

Cyborg_X said,
Agreed on battery. Any new tablet should be near 10 hours with days of standby.
Oh how we've become so spoiled.

dells 8 inch win8 tablet is rated for 10 hours. its also the same price,display,cpu,and weight is less than a pound. looks like Lenovo skimped out on the wifi chipset,and perhaps size of battery, that's why there is a battery rating discrepancy.

"looks like Lenovo skimped out on the wifi chipset"

Does this not have Wi-Fi?

Although I don't see Wi-Fi specifically mentioned, I would assume it's there. No?

Of course it has wifi. I mean,the WiFi chipset is probably not as good and not as power efficient. Usually battery ratings are about browsing.

I don't know about spoiled, but anything less than 8 hours is a step into history past. And generally annoying especially for someone that travels a lot.

Cyborg_X said,
Agreed on battery. Any new tablet should be near 10 hours with days of standby.

as soon as these get wireless charging it makes battery life less of a concern to me.. With my lumia 920 I just put it on the cradle whenever I am at my desk and my battery rarely falls below half..