Lenovo unveiled a new family of ThinkPad X1 devices, along with the Miix 720, its competitor to Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4. Now, it looks like it’s preparing to launch a new lower-end addition to its range of Windows 10 devices.
As WinFuture.de reports, the Miix 320 is set to replace the Miix 310, which Lenovo announced a year ago, offering a compelling blend of decent specs at affordable prices. Like its predecessor, the 320 will have a ‘detachable’ form factor – a Windows 10 tablet, which can be docked with a laptop-style keyboard section that includes additional ports.
The tablet measures about 0.3 inches thick and weighs about 1.2 pounds. Add the keyboard and the system weighs 2.2 pounds and measures about 0.7 inches thick.
Overall, the Miix 320 seems like a modest update. It’d be nice of Lenovo upgraded the processor, but now that Intel isn’t pushing Atom chips for this type of device anymore, Lenovo would have had to opt for a more expensive and more power hungry Apollo Lake processor.
Maybe we’ll see more advances in the entry-level Windows tablet space in the coming year now that Microsoft is working on a new version of Windows 10 designed to run on devices with ARM-based processors.
The Miix 320 is expected to be priced from $229 for the most basic configuration, but those with more RAM, storage and 4G LTE support will obviously cost more. An exact launch date hasn’t yet been revealed, but we may well see the device make its official debut at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later this month.
The full specifications
10.1-inch IPS LCD, with either 1280x800px or 1920x1080px resolution
Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor
2GB or 4GB RAM
64GB or 128GB onboard storage (plus microSD card slot)
5MP rear camera
2MP front-facing camera
Optional 4G LTE connectivity
USB Type-C port on the tablet section
2 x USB 2.0 Type-A ports on the keyboard section
3.5mm audio jack
Up to 10 hours of battery life
Tablet: 1,020g, 9mm thick
Keyboard weight: 550g, 8.5mm thick