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Lenovo announces the Miix2, an 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet starting at $299

Lenovo Miix2

We’ve been wanting to see Windows on smaller tablets for a long, long time. The Acer W3 came out earlier this summer, but its poor screen and lack of Windows 8.1 as default held it back. Thankfully with Windows 8.1 hitting the world tomorrow we’ll begin to see more and more devices in the 7 to 8-inch size. Lenovo has a new one joining the likes of the Dell Venue and others. It’s called the Miix2 and it looks like a winner on paper so far. Specs and pricing after the break.

The Lenovo Miix2 is an 8-inch tablet that packs a 1280 x 800 IPS display, offering a viewing angle of 178 degrees. It’s powered by an Intel quad-core Bay Trail processor, meaning you’ll be able to run desktop applications on this little device. It also has two cameras, one front facing and the other on the rear of the device. Up front the camera packs a 2MP shooter, while the rear has 5MP sensor. When it comes to dimensions it’s only 8.35mm.

Lenovo Miix2

Pricing? It starts at $299 and goes up depending on what storage you configure (up to 128GB, expandable with a microSD card). You can optionally also buy a detachable cover and stylus, though pricing was not listed for those accessories.

The Miix2 will be available later this month, anyone thinking of picking it up? It could serve as a great consumption device and work great for SmartGlass.

Source: Lenovo, Via: Engadget

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frugo says:

I may get this one, my VivoTab Smart is too big and uncomfortable.

YA BILLY says:

I may need to trade my vivotab which is too big agreed, but it seems perfectly comfortable to me.

ahmu86 says:

dell venue 8 pro for me... same price but better service...

pierrerv says:

If there;s not a surface two that size & price... I'll get this for my wife

gokkenath says:

This will sell like hot cakes because of its price

johnnykm says:

Yeah. A perfect option for credit card welcoming gift

xajuan says:

Can I buy the vivo tab?!

Jason k2 says:

That's what she said.

jagu says:

though no* pricing was listed for those accessories.
 

Sam Sabri says:

Thanks. My brain moves faster than my fingers sometimes. 

toph36 says:

I have read elsewhere that the detachable cover and stylus come as a packaged deal at only $20.  Of course, that could be wrong.

aitt says:

Oh this looks very decent

erzhik says:

Looks pretty but I'm gonna wait it out a little longer.

stui83 says:

I might get it, I've waited long enough :)

NICE! just might have to score one of these!

sayonical says:

The pen is capacitive which ruins this for me. Dell Venue 8 it is unless Samsung announces a 8inch with S pen support...

Nevs4Nokia says:

Galaxy note 8? or are you wanting a note like device runnning Windows?

sayonical says:

I prefer windows 8 as a tablet OS yes ;)

Kellzea says:

Agreed. I have a surface rt and its awesome. Windows 8 is a great tablet OS

Robborboy says:

Uh...capacitive is the best. Would you rather resistive?(ick)

gokkenath says:

He needs pressure sensitive stylus like galaxy note series

Robborboy says:

Capacitive runs from electrical current. And can actually read multiple levels of pressure much like a waccom tablet if it is supported by the stylus.

Resistive is the old technology that works via layers of material touching to give a coordinate. On these you can use anything to work the screen like the 3DS.

boarder2 says:

Active Digitizer.
Capacitive is definitely not the best.  It's just marginally better than resistive.  The resolution on capacitive is traditionally very poor.

Its "windows Phone central" right..

CJ Thunder says:

No, windows powered complete

Oooo, I thought "Wahiyat Phone with Camera"

CJ Thunder says:

Wind powering computers

funkyGeneral says:

I like these games... Waffles Porridge and Computers

FeedTheShark says:

Well, it does look like a phone... and once WP and RT merge that's pretty much what we'll see.
But yes they always post Windows only articles assuming there's a crossover of interest which I think is fair.  Most likely the majority of WP users have Windows 8 and will be interested in changes to Windows and Windows machines to view their camera photos and other documents from Skydrive they have edited on their phones. I do anyway.

diod123 says:

Not this again, you must be new

This is ok, but Dell won this round. Same price, higher resolution and active stylus. Can't get better than that.

Aaron M says:

Yeah dell might have a winner on their hands.

I see you've never used any of Dell's past mobile devices.

Dell is the Lucy-with-a-football of gadgets.

I thought the venue 8 pro has the same resolution?

Yea l, you're right, my mistake.

SargeT says:

Far not same, 1280x800 is standard while 1200x800 is like 1917x1062. HD movies aren't played pixel in pixel, an besides mny apps require 1280 as minimum resolution. Hope 1200 is just a mistake, making 1200 is stupid.

jpburr says:

It is a mistake Lenovo press release says 1280x800

Problem with the Dell is no mini-hdmi. All other Windows 8 inchers got it. Miix needs a better stylus and Dell needs mini-hdmi. I'll probably wait to see if any others announced soon.

I think I'm starting to see where microsoft is going with the RT, WP thing... that sort of looks like a phone.

kwajr says:

This is not rt its full windows

absolutshame says:

I'm sure he is aware and is referring to Metro.

Interesting but not interesting enough to pick up over the Dell Venue Pro

rx74ray says:

why not?
Venu 8 Pro = 400g, 8.9mm
Miix2 = 350g, 8.35mm
I say Miixx2 looks more apealing.

those sizes are negligible to me... the Dell has slightly better screen and it uses an Active stylus, for me those rank higher.

rx74ray says:

fair enough, I like to comapre batteries. that should be interesting.

Anycaall_cJ says:

Do you use the sylus of the Venue Pro 8?

How sensitive it is? I want to take notes in class by it

ejlee072006 says:

Nice, why the hell nokia is creating rt?

dlrohm says:

Exactly. I would have been extremely interested if Nokia created an x86 version.

ikissfutebol says:

Let's see what Nokia has before wondering. Windows 8 tablet/hybrid market is already pretty saturated. If I had a brilliant, unique idea, I would go with RT in a heart-beat. For your average parent/grandparent that just needs browsing and email, RT is a winner- currently little/no threat of malware/antivirus.
 
Side note- I vote someone makes a 7-8" RT device that is minimum specs and sells it for razor thin margins. Personally, I don't want Windows 8/Windows 8 Pro on a tablet- I don't want to worry about malware. I realize that's my opinion, but think about all the normal/typical users that take everything to Geek Squad and have no idea how to install anything without someone else doing it for them. When file management becomes easy on the modern side, I would consider replacing my desktop/only system with this plus an external storage drive. Only other thing holding me back is a collection of desktop/console-quality PC games that require a dedicated graphics card.

upsidedown says:

How is rt going to stay relevant at these prices

Exactly. I think it's clear where devices like the surface pro with a dockingstation are going. But why I should i get a rt when there is full windows available for a good price remains the question.

wsanchez78 says:

For me: because with these devices you get very little storage capacity built in, I compared to what my non-RT programs need for storage. Because it can be very cumbersome running most non-RT programs in an 8 inch tablet. So an rt tablet for me, is about consumption and office work on the cloud. For me, I can get a 13 inch ultrabook that can run the other heavy duty programs

That makes sense. But isn't there that horrible lack of apps for RT?

Hoekie says:

Almost all Store apps are also for RT. I'd say 99.9% of all apps.

If I could get an 8in RT tablet at a similar or lower price, I think I'd jump on it. As of right now, I gotta go with the Dell Venue Pro 8.

Better battery life, even lighter and thinner than this, even cheaper than this (if they ever get around to an 8" RT device), and (hopefully) ability to run WP apps in the future.

Does it have office built in?

dlrohm says:

Most non-RT devices don't.

RayWall says:

Yes.  I believe it's the "Home and Student" version.

cdbstl76 says:

That is what is says on the Dell site, so yes it does

slbailey1 says:

On any tablets less than 10", you get Home & Student for free. 

If that stylus is active (like Wacom) and not a the "fingerprint emulator" that is those rubber tipped capacitive styluses i may just think about selling my Ativ Smart for that.

jpburr says:

Dell Venue 8 pro stylus is definitely active. It uses Synaptics tech though so I'm not sure how it compares to Wacom.

deloa84 says:

I wonder if it has GPS built in? Other than that that's an awesome price.

slbailey1 says:

The Miix2 is at the top of my list for one reason only - the 128gb internal storage option. I wish the Venue 8 Pro has a 128gb storage option. 

slbailey1 says:

Just read on Pocketnow that the 128gb storage option will not offered in the US! The Venue 8 Pro is back on top. 

aitt says:

I think the Intel processors is the deal maker for me. WiFi only 8 inch IPS for $299. Will preorder this

FCone says:

I am going to get the Dell Venue 8 instead. Toss in a 64G SD and be set for under $400.

clappenings says:

This looks like a good holiday gift

Mahdi Ghiasi says:

I'll suggest this to my dad. He wants a small tablet, and his work is mostly with office and web browsing.

jmshub says:

This winter, I will likely be buying somethign like this, or the Dell Venue. The XPS12 also looks very interesting to me, but that's probably out of my price range for this purchase, as my current laptop is still treating me well.

Jack Larson1 says:

I have the xps 12, its a beast. 12in tablet with a laptop processor and battery. If you can afford it, I highly recommend it.

MrGoodSmith says:

Still waiting for ultimate device which works as a phone and full computer at the same time.

With Skype, these can...

John20212 says:

No word on a full USB port, so basically its anotherfail of a product. Microsoft should have made a full USB3 a mandatory feature for all OEM using Win8.1
What the hell is a point of having a Windows 8 tablet without a full USB port support.
 

Clavitox says:

Yes cuz USB determines if it fails or not

wiebej says:

Yes, I wish it had a full size USB, even if it is usb2

Rem97 says:

Great value for money! But I'm waiting for Surface pro 2.

toph36 says:

If they could get full Windows into a package like this for $300, couldn't they get Windows RT into a similar package for $199?  An 8" RT device at that price becomes very compelling to me.  I am holding out for the Surface Mini, but I image that going for $299 or more.  Although Windows 8 is a nice to have on an 8" tablet, unless you are using a docking station connected to a separate monitor, keyboard, and mouse, I rather just have a RT device.

ikissfutebol says:

It seems like OEMs are scared of RT. There are still certain apps missing that I think prevent people from feeling like it is useful. I chalk that up to iPad-itis, aka needing an app for everything. My wife downloaded a facebook and LinkedIn app that are literally the web portal with ads around them. She complained they were clunky and then realized the web-based portal works better than the app on any smart device.

slbailey1 says:

Does this tablet has a micro usb port? 

Yes, and mini-hdmi

Jouten says:

I'm going for the dell venue 8 pro

mjrtoo says:

The start button is in such an odd location on that device...

1920 x 1080 is a MUST!

Wagan8r says:

You have a typo. It should be 1280x800 NOT 1200x800. Read the press release from Lenovo. Don't just copy-and-paste from Engadget.

CommonBlob says:

Will it play Minecraft well?

ebradley says:

I am sure the Lenovo will be much better than Acer's crappy attempt. I have found Lenovo hardware to be better built than most any other OEM, dollar for dollar.

JamesDax3 says:

Why hasn't anyone made one of these with a 1920x1200 resolution?

The reason I've heard is that at this small screen size, 1920x1200 makes everything too small to ready anyway.  Of course, the Yoga 2 is 13" and has 3200x1800 resolution, so I'm starting to disbelieve that theory.  So I'd say it is more to keep the price down.  I doubt this thing would be $299 if it had 1920x1200 resolution.

SwimSwim says:

My little sister is looking for a tablet, this could work wonderfully.

What does it say about the future of Windows RT that Lenovo made an 8-inch device for full Windows?  For me, it speaks volumes.

mjrtoo says:

Yes, it's common knowledge that it's going away, and eventually only the UI will adapt per device.

onysi says:

Oh my god. Its almost perfect. If itonly had kickstand and keyboard...

HeavyHanded says:

Will wait for Dell Venue 8.

Graven Pshya says:

I love Lenovo! I wanted a tablet from them but their original Miix was a little big for me.

Ticomfreak says:

Begging for WP8...

sdreamer says:

Is it really a capacitative stylus? The picture doesn't really show it well and it does look like there is a white plastic nib. Lenovo's PR doesn't specify either.

Easy-G says:

"When it comes to dimensions it’s only 8.35mm."
Amazing innovation... finally a tablet that only occupies ONE DIMENSION! ;)

If anyone is gonna get rid of their surface rt32gb to get money for this I'll buy it for $200 :-)

deadwrong03 says:

I'm loving the price I may jump on this one

copjake says:

I am getting one as soon as it hits Best Buy

westex74 says:

I would ask if the screen is better than the Acer Iconia W3, but who are we kidding? If the screen consisted of a bunch of post it notes glued to the device, it would be better than the Iconia W3. :(

Darkgift says:

I need to hold one. Not sure if an 8 inch device is for me.

mjrtoo says:

Yeah, at that I'll probably pick one up.

ciccio35 says:

A lot of websties report that the cover+stylus combo will be priced at 20$.
Still I don't get a couple of things: how will it attach to the tablet? Magnetically? I saw the left, right, and bottom sides of the tablet in the press-shots and I couldn't spot any button nor slot for the micro-sd. Does it means they will all be on the top side? Moreover I couldn't find anything about what kind of usb port it features: full or micro? And does any of you know if there will be a way to connect it to an external screen? Mhl? Miracast? Dlna?

Mini USB and mini HDMI.

does it have an option to connect the hdmi and OTG option ?