Lenovo is updating its Miix line of Windows tablets with two new models. The Miix 2 10 is a 10 inch tablet with an Intel Atom Bay Trail processor and a starting price of $449. The Miix 2 11 is a larger model with an Intel Haswell processor and a price tag of $599 and up.
Both tablets feature 1920 x 1080 pixel displays and up to 8 hours of battery life, and both run Windows 8.1 software. In select markets, they’ll also come standard with a multi-mode keyboard dock.
The keyboard attaches to the tablet via magnets, making it easy to connect and easy to detach. You can also flip around the tablet so it faces away from the keyboard — which means the built-in JBL speaker in the keyboard will be facing the same direction as the screen, which could come in handy when watching videos or listening to music in presentation mode.
You also get an extra full-sized USB port by using the keyboard. But the keyboard angle isn’t adjustable, and the connection isn’t as tight as it would be with a detachable keyboard that uses a latch, so this might not be the best solution if you’re looking for a laptop replacement that’s sturdy enough to use on your lap… in a moving vehicle.
The Miix 2 10 features an Atom Z3740 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 5MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, and comes with Microsoft Office 2013 Home & Student, like other small Windows tablets. It has a micro USB port, microSD card slot, and stereo JBL speakers, and the tablet measures 0.36 inches and weighs 1.3 pounds. The keyboard is another pound.
The Miix 2 11 has an 11.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display will be available with up to an Intel Core i5 processor, measures 0.43 inches thick and weighs 1.76 pounds. It’s a bit hefty for a handheld tablet, but thanks to the 1.21 keyboard dock, it’s not just tablet.
The larger model has a full-sized USB port and a much more powerful processor, but the rest of the specs are similar to those for the Miix 2 10.