Lenovo starts selling Miix 10.1-inch Windows 8 tablet

After being first announced back in June, Lenovo's newest Windows 8 tablet, the Miix is now on sale in the U.S., even as Microsoft gets ready to officially launch Windows 8.1 later this year.

The Lenovo website has the full hardware specs for that the 1.28 pound Miix tablet, which include:

  • Display: 10.1 inches with 1366x768 resolution
  • Processor: Intel Atom Z2760 processor-1.80GHz
  • Memory: 2GB of RAM
  • Storage: 64 GB
  • Camera: 1 megapixel

The camera also has software that will allow users to move their hands in order to flip through web pages, adjust the tablet's audio and more. The Miix's price is $599, but Lenovo does offer the option to purchase a keyboard that can be attached to the Miix that also serves as a stand for the tablet. The price for the keyboard is not yet available.

Microsoft showed off an upcoming 8-inch Windows 8 tablet from Lenovo at its Computex press event in June. The tablet, which Microsoft called the "Mix" at the time, has still not been officially announced from Lenovo. It's possible that the company is waiting for Microsoft to finish work on the RTM build of Windows 8.1 before launching its smaller tablet.

Source: Lenovo | Image via Lenovo

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LaP said,

To be usable as full blown computer they will need to make the atom line better too not just renaming it. Anyone who tried to do some serious work on an atom notebook know how bad they are. This is good for web browsing, getting your mail and such but not more. Android arm tablets can do that too.

can an Android tablet view websites with flash content?
print with any printer?
use a scanner?
use the complete Microsoft office? (not the mobile version)
does an android device OS updates during 10 years?

Absolutely not.

furthermore, the Atom Clover Trail is a fantastic CPU. You get around 9h of battery life, with nice performances compared to previous generations of atom.
web browsing is fast thanks to Internet explorer using the GPU to render web pages. Flash video playback is perfectly fluid.

by the way devices < 11" will ship with office 2013 home for free.

I always forget... a full blown computer is one that can play most popular games at full resolution and top graphics settings while rainbow cracking and md5 hash once a second while rendering 3d models and applying a blur to a billboard sized graphic in photoshop while allowing you to video skype with your grandma.

Seriously, people's views on what has value for the dollar on computers has just gone out the window.

LaP said,
Full blown computer with an Atom processor rofl you got to be kidding right ?

I have a mini-tower with 4 front-loaded SATA drive bays running Windows 7 x64; it initially came with the original Windows Home Server from what, 2007? Which itself was built on top of Server 2003.

Anyway, it's running one of the original Atom CPUs, no doubt much slower than what you'll find in this tablet. I still use it daily and I don't need it to be any faster.

I'd be curious to hear the criteria you use to qualify something as a "full blown computer" or not, as you're apparently an authority on this topic.

_dandy_ said,

I have a mini-tower with 4 front-loaded SATA drive bays running Windows 7 x64; it initially came with the original Windows Home Server from what, 2007? Which itself was built on top of Server 2003.

Anyway, it's running one of the original Atom CPUs, no doubt much slower than what you'll find in this tablet. I still use it daily and I don't need it to be any faster.

I'd be curious to hear the criteria you use to qualify something as a "full blown computer" or not, as you're apparently an authority on this topic.

The criteria is being able to run pro softwares or demanding games in a productive env (full blown) something an atom cpu can't do (anyway the one i used 2 years ago could not and it was new). You can run them but it's gonna be slow. You can use a tablet to get mails and browse the internet without any problem.

BTW i never said i was an authority on the subjet so you can keep your sarcasm at home and stop assuming things that doesn't exist at all.

If you consider an original atom cpu productive enough to work or game with outside of writing text or play Angry Bird then you are definately not in a position to "laugh" at people.

Edited by LaP, Aug 6 2013, 11:52pm :

LaP said,
The criteria is being able to run pro softwares

This Atom CPU runs SQL Server, among other things. Not a huge database, I'll grant you, but it keeps SQL off of my main machine.

LaP said,
or demanding games in a productive env (full blown) something an atom cpu can't do

I'm not into gaming. If that makes this computer fail to qualify for being "full blown", I've never noticed.

LaP said,
You can use a tablet to get mails and browse the internet without any problem.

That may be all the productivity one needs, hence the Atom CPU may be more than adequate for it.

LaP said,
BTW i never said i was an authority on the subjet so you can keep your sarcasm at home and stop assuming things that doesn't exist at all.

Who said I was being sarcastic? The tone used implied it didn't have to be said.

LaP said,
If you consider an original atom cpu productive enough to work or game with outside of writing text

Maybe I'm a writer and writing text is all I need to be productive.

LaP said,
or play Angry Bird

Again, not sure where playing Angry Bird comes into "being productive". Maybe that's what counts for you, I don't know--but I'm not gonna assume that.

LaP said,
then you are definately not in a position to "laugh" at people.

Not sure where I come across as "laughing at people". I think you're the one "making assumptions about things that don't exist at all": In fact, I'd say every single sentence you responded with included an assumption in one form or another, which is pretty bad when you speak in absolutes such as "an Atom can't do [x]"--which is all I was trying to disprove.

Way too expensive at this price. Keyboard is not even included with the $599 price tag either.
What's up with some of these companies and their pricing for these types of devices. Seems like many can't get it right.

Man they really like the Atom, sigh, and why no 1080p display at least? They really need to match the right specs with the right price.

There is a difference between the high asking price and trying to catch on the trend right now, to high end specs with the price. Horrible.

Why would anyone pay this price when the new Atoms are only a few months away? It would have to be much cheaper to get me to buy a current generation Atom tablet.

BurnX_AK said,
Why would anyone pay this price when the new Atoms are only a few months away? It would have to be much cheaper to get me to buy a current generation Atom tablet.

I keep hearing folks say "Wait for the new Atom, it'll be better!", but then the new Atom comes along and improves nothing. They still SUCK. Why people continue to pay for this crap at all is beyond me. x64 apps were just not meant for low power processors.

Dot Matrix said,

I keep hearing folks say "Wait for the new Atom, it'll be better!", but then the new Atom comes along and improves nothing. They still SUCK. Why people continue to pay for this crap at all is beyond me. x64 apps were just not meant for low power processors.

current generation atom clover trail are already powerful enough for most users.

I have friends who use their windows 8 hybrid Atom laptop as their main computer. And guess what? They are perfectly happy with performances, battery life, and features.

My customers didn't start asking me about the Surface tablet until the price came down and the Ipad comparison ads came out. They don't give a crap about what Mossberg says, they care how much it costs. $349 is the right price, and I wish they would make the keyboard $50. The stimulus they were looking for is working in my corner of the world. I have setup 4 in the last 2 weeks.

Hmmm, let's see

- The resolution is less than the iPad 4. Way less
- It has Windows 8, and that has less apps than iPad 4, much less
- The iPad apps are tuned to perfection, or they are out of the apple app store. The windows store? Well, they will be happy if anyone sends just anything.
- Performance? The iPad 4 apps run pretty well, but the intel processor is much faster, but the user does not care after all, what is the point of a fast processor if the apps are not fast enough.

At the end, it is 600 and the iPad is 500, yes the Lenovo tablet has more GB, but again, who cares, the 16 gb are enough to store tons of apps and music; photos and videos are usually in the cloud.

It is a good price for a fan, but it will be very hard to convince a normal user who does not care about the external ports, etc. for him this thing still needs an antivirus, additional warranty, format and maintenance, and Microsoft Office for 300$

john.smith_2084 said,
Hmmm, let's see

- The resolution is less than the iPad 4. Way less
- It has Windows 8, and that has less apps than iPad 4, much less
- The iPad apps are tuned to perfection, or they are out of the apple app store. The windows store? Well, they will be happy if anyone sends just anything.
- Performance? The iPad 4 apps run pretty well, but the intel processor is much faster, but the user does not care after all, what is the point of a fast processor if the apps are not fast enough.

At the end, it is 600 and the iPad is 500, yes the Lenovo tablet has more GB, but again, who cares, the 16 gb are enough to store tons of apps and music; photos and videos are usually in the cloud.

It is a good price for a fan, but it will be very hard to convince a normal user who does not care about the external ports, etc. for him this thing still needs an antivirus, additional warranty, format and maintenance, and Microsoft Office for 300$

lots of wrongs in your comment...

first, similar devices can be found at $349 such as the ASUS vivotab smart, with the exact same specifications.

then, Office 2013 Home is now bundled for free on tablets with screen smaller than 11". Antivirus is also included in win8, for free.

less apps on windows than on iOS? seriously? There are millions of win32 apps and 100 000+ apps on the windows store.
furthermore, IE supports Flash player on windows 8 and windows RT. Which means a lot of video on demand website will work without requiring to download an app on the store.

and most important: you can do anything a computer should be able to do: use USB flash drives, print, use a scanner, view any website, plug a screen, mouse/keyboard and turn it into a full pc.

the iPad just can't do that.

link8506 said,

lots of wrongs in your comment...

first, similar devices can be found at $349 such as the ASUS vivotab smart, with the exact same specifications.

then, Office 2013 Home is now bundled for free on tablets with screen smaller than 11". Antivirus is also included in win8, for free.

less apps on windows than on iOS? seriously? There are millions of win32 apps and 100 000+ apps on the windows store.
furthermore, IE supports Flash player on windows 8 and windows RT. Which means a lot of video on demand website will work without requiring to download an app on the store.

and most important: you can do anything a computer should be able to do: use USB flash drives, print, use a scanner, view any website, plug a screen, mouse/keyboard and turn it into a full pc.

the iPad just can't do that.

I think this is what is wrong with Microsoft, they live in their own world, a bit far from reality.

john.smith_2084 said,

I think this is what is wrong with Microsoft, they live in their own world, a bit far from reality.

I wonder what reality you live in.
The iPad sales have dropped compared to last year, despite the fact apple released a cheaper/smaller version of the iPad. Looks like it is not exactly what consumers want.

The few people I know who bought an iPad find it too limited. Once I show them a Windows 8 hybrid tablet and explain them the benefits over classic tablets, they immediately regret purchasing an iPad.

Microsoft had one last shot with Windows 8, and their arrogance angered most of their fans, the result is tons of negative comments on the internet.

The OEMs had one shot with Windows 8 as well, and they provided crappy or good but much overpriced products

Result = not that successful

Lessons?: If the majority of your customers tell you hey, we want the start menu, the Aero glass, and tons of other things you removed due to arrogance; and you say “it is not going to happen”; then when you start selling the product and ask them to buy it, they will say “it is not going to happen”

john.smith_2084 said,
Microsoft had one last shot with Windows 8, and their arrogance angered most of their fans, the result is tons of negative comments on the internet.

The OEMs had one shot with Windows 8 as well, and they provided crappy or good but much overpriced products

Result = not that successful

Lessons?: If the majority of your customers tell you hey, we want the start menu, the Aero glass, and tons of other things you removed due to arrogance; and you say “it is not going to happen”; then when you start selling the product and ask them to buy it, they will say “it is not going to happen”

"Arrogance"... Right.

Dot Matrix said,

Right. Because Microsoft is stupid for carrying thins forward.

Right.. Metro UI is stupidity to carry it forward

Auditor said,

Right.. Metro UI is stupidity to carry it forward

Just how long do you think the majority of folks will be using using point and click UIs? This isn't the 90's anymore, buddy. There's bigger and better things coming down the pipes that'll require UI changes.

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