Lenovo has fully embraced the convertible format for its Windows 8 devices, making the tablet/laptop hybrid design the basis for its IdeaPad Yoga S, ThinkPad Helix, and ThinkPad Twist portables. Now the new Miix 10 can be added to that list. First announced back in June, the convertible slate is now ready for pre-order on Lenovo's site.
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 a price cut for the month of August, 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.