Lenovo has fully embraced the convertible format for its Windows 8 devices, making the tablet/laptop hybrid design the basis for its ThinkPad Twist portables. Now the new Miix 10 can be added to that list. First announced , the convertible slate is now ready for pre-order on Lenovo's site., , and
The Miix 10 is a tablet first, using an Intel Atom Z2760 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage to power a 10.1-inch, 1,366x768 IPS touchscreen. In addition to some of the usual tablet specs (built-in webcam, microSD slot, Bluetooth support ), you can also switch the Miix to notebook mode, thanks to an optional case with a built-in keyboard. In that sense, it's similar to Microsoft's Surface tablets, which can make use of the company's Touch Cover and Type Cover cases with integrated keyboards. It also makes it less of a "convertible" than some of Lenovo's other devices, which include both the keyboard and screen and let you swivel the display into tablet mode.
The Miix could be a poor man's Surface Pro. It doesn't come with an Intel Core i5 processor or some of the other niceties of Microsoft's tablet, but it does run Windows 8 and is noticeably cheaper. While the Surface Pro just got, it still starts at $799 for the 64GB version.
Meanwhile, the Miix starts at just $479 -- Lenovo rolling it out with a $120 e-coupon on its website -- though you'll need to tack on an unspecified amount for the keyboard case. Lenovo's site says the Miix 10 will start shipping on August 29.