The Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 2 is an 8 inch tablet with Windows 8.1 software and an Intel Atom Bay Trail processor. Priced at $300 and up, it’s one of the most affordable Windows tablets on the market, and it’s now available for purchase from Amazon.
For $300 you can pick up a model with 32GB of storage. A 64GB model runs $350.
Both models feature Intel Atom Z3740 quad-core processor, an 8 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display and 2GB of RAM.
The tablet measures 5.2″ x 8.5″ x 0.3″ and weighs 12.3 ounces. It features 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, a 5MP rear camera and 2MP front-facing camera, and stereo speakers. There’s a micro USB port, microSD card slot, and headset jack.
Like most new Windows tablets with 10 inch and smaller displays, the IdeaTab Miix 2 comes with a fully licensed version of Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013, and Lenovo also includes its own Cloud Storage app, Evernote, Amazon Kindle, and Zinio magazine apps.
Lenovo also plans to offer models with up to 128GB of storage and optional mobile broadband capabilities.
The Miix 2 isn’t the first 8 inch Windows tablet with a Bay Trail processor to hit the streets. The $300 Dell Venue 8 Proand $330 Toshiba Encore are both available as well.
Dell’s tablet includes an active digitizer, which helps set it apart from the crowd. Lenovo’s tablet does not, but the company does plan to offer an optional $20 cover case that comes with a capacitive stylus.