Lenovo is set to launch a low-cost Windows 8 tablet for under $500 this northern summer. Dubbed the Lenovo Miix 10, the tablet features the full desktop version of Windows 8 – not Windows RT – and will be powered by Intel’s Atom Z2760 Clover Trail CPU.
According to liliputing, it comes with a 10-inch touchscreen with 1366×768-pixel resolution and a $500 price tag, which blows out to $549 if you choose the keyboard/case bundled.
The battery is a 6800mAh Lithium-ion type that delivers up to 10 hours battery life and according to other sources, the Atom chip is accompanied by 2GB of RAM and 64GB of flash storage. There’s no full sized USB port and no touchpen, but it does include 802.11n Wi-FI and you can expand the storage through the built-in MicroSD card slot, up to a further 32GB. You’ll also find a 1MP webcam top-centre of the tablet.
Its weight comes in at around 590grams, which is pretty decent given its a full-function Windows 8 desktop.
With tablets having already replaced legacy netbooks, it’ll be interesting to see if the Miix 10 ushers in a new era of netbook-grade Windows netbook/tablet combos. As liliputing quite rightly points out, the combination of Atom and Windows 8 isn’t a match made in heaven as far as performance or general feel is concerned. Really, Atom and [insert OS here] isn’t the world’s best hardware/software combo for that matter.
But neither were the original netbooks. The problem for the Lenovo Miix 10 is that with the full version of Windows 8, it’s trying to be a full-function notebook. But with only Atom processing speed and 64GB of storage space, it’s not fast enough or roomy enough to really play in the big-people-world of full desktop OS systems. Still, compared with the sea of 10-inch Android tablets on the market, it’s a definite alternative that can run x86 applications – not terribly fast but it can run them.
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