CES is now underway and one of the first announcements to be made comes from Lenovo — in fact, there is more than one announcement. The latest additions to the company’s product line are the Miix 2 10 and Miix 2 11, both of which are tablets that convert into a laptop with the help of a docking keyboard that doubles as a protective cover.
As you’ve probably guessed from the name, the Miix 2 10 is a 10.1″ device, and it weighs in at just 1.3lb. Inside the case you’ll find a quad-core Intel Atom processor, 2GB of LP-DDR3 RAM and p to 128GB of internal eMMC storage. There’s also a Micro-USB port and a Mini-HDMI port.
Move up to the Miix 2 11 and you’re looking at an 11.6″ display in a slightly heavier 1.8lb device. The specification jumps to a fourth-generation Intel Core i5 processor, up to 256GB of SSD storage, and up to 8GB of DDR3 memory. You’ll find a USB 3.0 port on the device and an extra two USB 2.0 ports on the dock — there’s just one on the smaller version of the dock.
Both feature the same interesting design which allows the tablet portion of the device to be attached to the keyboard in a few different ways. It can be snapped into place facedown much like a closed laptop, but it can also be positioned like a normal laptop display. For a view unfettered by a keyboard, it is possible to use the keyboard as a stand so only the screen is visible.
Both sizes of the Miix 2 have a 2MP front camera and 5MP on the rear, and both offer battery life of up to 8 hours. The Lenovo MIIX 2 10 will be available from March for $499, while the Lenovo Miix 2 11 comes a month later starting at $699.Further reading: CES 2014, Lenovo, Microsoft, Windows 8.1