Lenovo launches Miix multi-mode Windows 8 tablet

Lenovo launches Miix multi-mode Windows 8 tablet

Summary: The new 10.1-inch tablet is designed — in theory — to cater for everyone. Tablet lovers, PC lovers...

TOPICS: Lenovo, Tablets
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Lenovo is shaking up its tablet offering with Miix, its latest entry to its multi-mode devices line-up.

The 10.1-inch (1,366x768 resolution) device runs off an Intel Atom dual-core processor, and sports the latest Windows 8 operating system.

But don't be put off by the silly name. (It is a silly name.) Its killer feature is the multi-mode feature, allowing users to work with the device as a tablet and as a laptop. With a "quick-flip" detachable folio keyboard-embedded case, it can switch from PC mode to tablet mode in an instant.

It comes with 64GB of built-in eMMC storage — expandable to 32GB with a microSD card — and comes with the usual Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi networking, and optional 3G-GPS connectivity.

Weighing in at just 1.2 pounds and less than a half-inch thin, its battery will run for up to 10 hours.

The Lenovo Miix will be available later this quarter — no specific release date was given — and will be priced reasonably for medium- to large-sized enterprises at $500.

Along with the Miix announcement, Lenovo also launched new S Series and U Series devices, continuing its push into the tablet market. The company continues to rise in the PC shipments table, according to IDC figures, and it's also ramping up its tablet offering.

The devices will come with unspecified pre-loaded software to improve user experience and add core enterprise features. No word on whether or not it will come with Lenovo Cloud, its eagerly anticipated cloud-based products, which only recently saw password synchronization service Reach debut first.

The new Lenovo IdeaPad S Series tablets range from $429 and $579 in price, while the IdeaPad U Series tablets range from between $799 and $899.

Topics: Lenovo, Tablets

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  • They just don't get it.

    Why do Lenovo and Dell keep introducing tablets with inferior resolution? It's not like they've been successful selling low-res tablets in the past. Can they not see that tablets are just screens with a hidden computer? The screen is everything, and these low-res screens can't compete with tablets that have Retina-class displays. Nooks and Kindles are much less expensive, yet they have screens that are far superior to this new Lenovo. Windows tablets need a screen that is as sharp as the iPad, Nook, and Kindle or they are doomed to failure. The Microsoft Surface Pro already offers that type of resolution, but for twice the price of its competitors. Get real!
    • The resolution is limited by the CPU

      The Atom z2760 can only support 1366x768 resolution. The same applies to the 2GB memory limit and USB 2.0.

      I'm surprised to see new tablets based on these processors continue to be released with the new silvermont? atoms coming out soon. They are good tablets, but the next gen look like they are going to be awesome.
      • does full hd

        That chip can put out full HD to an external monitor. I've got a Surface Pro for development. For running apps and browsing I'd prefer to get something with the 1366x768 resolution because text at 1920 x 1080 is too small on the Surface screen. If you look at the really hi res small screens they double up all the pixels in order to get characters large enough to read. If you aren't using your unit to watch video you may find that you prefer the 1366 to the 1920 resolution on that size of screen.
        • I'm just repeating what the intel spec sheet says

          1388x768 was listed as the max screen resolution.

          Video out was 1080p.
  • Lenovo launches Miix multi-mode Windows 8 tablet

    The funny thing about all these different types of tablets is that they dont seem to get it right

    They all seem to be jacks of trades and a master of nothing

    Mark my words in a few years all you'll see when you go in to some ones home will be a stack of old tablets gathering dust on a coffee table............because they never became meaningful for anything in the real world............

    end Of Story.......Period
    Over and Out
    • You may be right about the fate of new tablets.

      But is not that what Linux is good for.
      Run on the old windows hardware when they are finished with it.
      • once upon a time

        You used to be able to say that Linux was faster than Windows. Now, the main Linux that people hear about is Ubuntu. I can assure you that Windows 7 and 8 are faster than Ubuntu on the same hardware. I haven't benchmarked other, lighter, Linux flavors since Ubuntu is the most likely Linux a non-techie will find out about.
        • You're wrong

          I'm sorry, you're just not right there. My Windows 7 machine ground to a halt 3.5 years ago and that is when I switched to Ubuntu - this made the world of difference, and I had a functioning laptop again. I now use Debian, which is faster than Ubuntu, but I would still say that Ubuntu is much much faster than Windows, which I have not used since and I am unlikely to use again in a long time.
          Ioannis Kingdom
    • Talking in cliches doesn't make you right.

      These tablets are every bit as capable of a tablet as anything else on the market AND they offer the functionality of running full desktop software as well.

      They are more like a tablet+

      They don't suffer from companion syndrome like other tablets do. Like when you have to put down the tablet to use another computer that fills in the functionality void of a mobile operating system.
  • Why make a "Sorta Tablet"

    The iPad is the standard. Why make something less in the hopes that people will buy it just because it is cheaper in price. The Surface is Pro could be that iPad killer but Microsoft has killed sales with it's high price and lack of refinement in several areas. I actually like, heck, really like Windows 8.
    What I don't understand with Microsoft and to some extent Lenovo is why they don't build just build one Tablet with all of those "iPad Killer" features instead of polluting their product lines with multiple "sorta good" ones.
    • Surface Pro competes against Ultrabooks/MacBook Air

      It isn't meant to compete against the iPad.

      Windows8 is doing the best it can with the limitations of the current x86 chips available and they are offering some competitive devices, but not "killer" as some are expecting.

      If Intel can deliver what it is promising on the next generation of chips, then yes they will be killer level devices. There are still a lot of things that can go wrong, but seeing some of the early announcements from OEMs do look promising.
      • You don't compete today on what might

        be available tomorrow.
        • I wouldn't be surprised to see that SurfacePro outsells MacBook air

          estimated 1.3 million surface sold last quarter vs 4.1 combined mac sales last quarter. Sounds like Surface is competing with MBA just fine wouldn't you say?

          As for the hardware, Windows has very competitive devices in mobile even when using hardware that wasn't designed/optimized for mobile. As good or better in most cases.

          You don't seem to understand the difference between compete and killer.

          All the complaints about MS mobile devices look like they will go away with haswell: battery life, resolution, 3d graphics, USB3 and go from "weaknesses" to advantages.

          Not that some people will not sill manufacture something to complain about, but that is what haswell is looking to deliver.
    • Because some people need "real" productivity software.

      The reality is that some of us need a tablet that actually runs M$ Office and other PC productivity software. The iPad and Android "there's an app for that" just doesn't cut it for professionals who travel and/or are looking for a laptop "replacement".

      I will be very likely be purchasing a Windows 8 tablet. I have since retired my Asus Prime tablet for work. It just doesn't cut it, even with the attached keyboard. As it is, while W8 tablets are getting there, I haven't found one yet that meets my own personal price/performance requirements.
    • Surface Pro is a laptop, Surface RT is a tablet

      The comparisons really do align that way. IMO, the only thing an iPad has over RT are quality apps but even then the browser on RT is so good, you really don't need apps (I watch Hulu on the web, I play Pandora from the web, etc). And the 8.1 preview really improved a lot of features to the RT. As a business companion device, it blows both iOS and Android away in so many ways.

      The Surface RT might be the Beta-Max of the tablet competition in that its technically a superior product to the iPad but that might not matter in the end.
      Rann Xeroxx