Lenovo, the company that just the other day was caught compromising its customers security and integrity with their Superfish adware, have taken to MWC to launch a new 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet.
Called Lenovo Ideapad Miix 300, it is the successor to the Lenovo Miix 2 8, and an alternative to the Lenovo Miix 3 8 (which have yet to become available in the US). The launch price of the Lenovo Ideapad Miix 300 is announced as $149 (approximate and based on the currency rates in February) for the entry level model, and Lenovo say they will release the tablet in July.
The specifications for Lenovo Ideapad Miix 300 starts with an as of yet unnamed Intel Atom Bay Trail processor, 1GB / 2GB DDR3L RAM, and up to 64GB eMMC storage. The 8-inch screen have a resolution of 1280 x 800 in a IPS display of 300 nits brightness.
It has one speaker on the rear bottom of the tablet (when held in portrait mode), unspecified dual cameras, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 7 hour battery life.
It has kept the aluminum chassis and design of the Lenovo Miix 2 8, and weighs in at 360 gram, with a thickness of 9.3 mm.
As for software, this is a Windows 8.1 with Bing tablet, which comes with a free one-year subscription to Office 365.
As of March 1, there are currently four other reputable 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablets that can be had for $149 or less. Judging by the preliminary specs revealed by Lenovo, it doesn’t look like it can beat the best tablet in that category, the Asus VivoTab 8.
– Tom Bowen