Lenovo's Miix multi-mode tablet is about to be joined by a baby brother. The new Miix2 is the company's first 8-inch tablet, and features a latest generation Intel quad-core processor, runs Windows 8.1 and is available with an optional stylus.
The Miix2 packs one of Intel's new Bay Trail-T (Z3000 Series) quad-core Atom processors, with integrated Intel HD graphics and Clear Video HD technology for smooth video playback performance. It has an 8-inch, 800 x 1200 resolution IPS display that supports 10 simultaneous touch points.
The 5.18 x 8.48 x 0.32 in (13.2 x 21.5 x 0.8 cm), 0.77 lb (349 g) tablet features 2 GB of LP-DDR3 memory, and up to 128 GB of eMMC solid state storage (with microSD expansion), though US customers will have to make do with either 32 or 64 GB.
There's a 2 megapixel webcam to the front for high quality video chat, and a 5 MP rear camera for snaps. Completing the known specs are Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and 3G-GPS3 connectivity (though the latter won't be available everywhere), and an as yet unspecified battery that's claimed to offer up to 7 hours of use between charges.
The Lenovo Miix2 will be available later this month at US$299 for the 32 GB model, and $349 for the 64 GB version. You can also opt to add $20 to each price tag for a protective cover with a digitizer pen.
Update 10/18/13: Lenovo has confirmed a few more specs. The Intel processor is a Z3740 running at 1.8 GHz, the battery is a 4730 mAh single cell unit, and 3G connectivity will not be included in US models.
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