Five months after the Lenovo Miix 3 10 was launched in Europe it has finally started accepting orders in the US too. Lenovo won’t provide an accurate release date, but at least the approximate release date provided is mid-April: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00UNDF7AC
Lenovo Miix 3 10 is a 10.1-inch Full HD Windows 8.1 tablet with detachable keyboard. It is the successor to the 2014 model Lenovo Miix 2 10, a tablet that I really wanted to like, but ended up a tablet with severe quality issues and a few design faults.
So with the 2015 model looking nearly identical, except for a black finish over silver finish, what should we expect? It does look like Lenovo have rooted out some of the quality problems, so the leaves the design. The original design of last year, especially with the keyboard, looked great. But unfortunately it didn’t work just as well. The tablet was heavy in itself, and the keyboard dock was large and heavy too, which ruined the whole concept of a tablet or 2-in-1.
This year, Lenovo is marketing the Lenovo Miix 3 10 in two ways. Either with the large chunky accutype keyboard dock of last year, or with the much slimmer and lighter folio keyboard cover. For mobility the folio cover is the one to get, but if you need more USB ports and a rigid keyboard you can get the accutype keyboard dock instead.
The keys feel great, almost like the keys feel on the top-end Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro.
The specifications for the Lenovo Miix 3 10 are a little mixed. While it may have a Full HD 1920 x 1200 resolution display in a 10.1-inch screen, it only has a 7 hour battery life. So that’s a little annoying.
The OS is Windows 8.1 with Bing, while it otherwise has 2GB of DDR3 RAM, a 1.33 GHz Intel Atom Z3735F processor, 64GB storage, a 2MP front camera (no rear camera), single-band 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0.
This tablet also goes under the name “Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 3 10”, while the model that is now taking pre-orders is the Lenovo Miix 3-1030 with the US model number 80HV005RUS.
– Jim Miller