Lenovo makes the Miix2 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet official

Posted on 16 October 2013 by

Lenovo today officially announced its entry into the rapidly expanding 8-inch Windows tablet category with the official announcement of its previously teased Miix2 8-inch tablet.

 

Starting at $299, the Miix2 will be one of the thinnest and lightest 8-inch Windows 8 tablets coming in at 8.35mm and 350g and will come with a Bay Trail processor, a 1280×800 10-point multi touch display that supports pen input and has a 178-degree viewing angle. Following the current trend Office Home & Student 2013 is also bundled. Wifi, Bluetooth 4.0, 3G and GPS are also onboard.

Update: Lenovo Miix2 specs and more, now in our database.

RAM clocks in at 2GB while storage is available from the base 32GB up to a 128GB eMMC with expandable memory also available from the included micro SD card slot, which curiously is stated to only go up to 32GB. Apart from the storage card slot no other ports are mentioned in the press release but we will hopefully have more information on that when the official page is posted. The device will also have 2 cameras, a 2MP shooter on the from for Skype calls and a 5MP camera on the back. Battery life is quoted at 7 hours.

An optional cover which doubles as a stand is available in several colors  as well as an optional stylus to take advantage of the pen input, though no mention was made of what digitizer technology is being used. From the looks of the pen included with the press shots though this could be limited to capacitive styli only but that remains to be confirmed.

The Miix2 should be available at the end of this month starting at $299 for the 32GB version.

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  • Specifications added to the database…
    http://www.umpcportal.com/products/Lenovo/Miix2/
    We’re missing port details and measurements but the rest is there along with a new gallery.
    Chippy.

  • JohnCz

    Gorgeous device, even better than the sample i saw this summer. Curious about that stylus. Stylus is capacitive from what i heard.

  • Tomas

    No way to have a mouse pointer on the screen? Not good. Maybe Lenovo will come out with a “ThinkPad” version and charge 2x as much :).

  • baisley

    Another mini tab without HDMI out?

    Would be great if Chippy did an article on the pros/cons of using USB docks with video out capability.

  • tmarks11

    2GB of onboard RAM seems a bit light-weight.

    I have no Win8 experience, but in the win7 world, 4 GB seems like the minimum I would buy on a new computer.

    I know this thing won’t be operating heavy-weight programs like a desktop of laptop, but still.. the retail cost difference between 2 and 4GB is what, $20?

    • don

      is it because it’s running a 32 bit windows 8? so more than 2 gb of ram would be a waste

  • tmarks11

    What really stinks about all of these 8″ tablet offerings is that they are 1280×800, and Microsoft has missed the bus in supporting this resolution. All of these tablets will not be able to run multiple applications on-screen. I was hoping Win8.1 would solve this, but alas, it doesn’t.

    Win8.1 FAQ: “…snapping Windows 8 apps side-by-side requires a screen resolution of at least 1366×768”

    What I miss most on my ipad is running applications side by side… crippling from a functionality standpoint. I was hoping that a jump to Win8.1 would solve this.

    This is crazy, since I was able to run multiple applications side-by-side on Win3.1 in 1994 on a 80386, 25 MHz machine with 256 kb of RAM and a 800×600 screen…

    • animatio

      free yourself from redmond’s arogant restrictions – run it in desktop mode (like good ol’ win 3.1) and you will have windows galore in which way ever.

  • tmarks11

    Somebody want to clear this up? The Microsoft 8.1 FAQ says the snap app is unavailable on screens of less then 1366×768, but ZDnet review of Win8.1 on the Acer W3 says that Win8.1 supports snapping on this device (July 2013). What does the final release look like?

    http://www.zdnet.com/first-take-windows-8-1-on-smaller-screen-devices-7000018337/

    • On 1366×768 you can snap two apps together in landscape mode but none in portrait. Does that help?

      • peejay

        Win 8.1 has reduced the minimum resolution required for snap, hasn’t it? To 1024×768, so the Miix 2 (and all the 8″ Windows tablets) should be able to snap. Googling Windows 8.1 snap resolution gives multiple hits saying the same thing.

  • EssamLotfy

    Hi,
    does it have modem and sim card port?

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