The Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 720 was leaked as far back as October last year, and started taking orders in Taiwan at the end of December with late January delivery, but was first officially unveiled by Lenovo today at the CES trade show in Las Vegas, where Lenovo says that the Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 720 will be released in USA in April 2017 from $999, with the keyboard included.
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 720 (12IKB) is a Surace-like Windows 10 Pro/Home 2-in-1 tablet with a 12-inch screen featuring a high QHD+ 2880 x 1920 resolution display with 400 nits brightness and Gorilla Glass protection.
It’s powerful too, powered by choices of 7th generation Intel Core”Kaby Lake” processors of either Intel Core i5 (7200) or i7 (7500) processors and Intel HD 620 GPU, together with options of 8GB or 16GB of DDR4 RAM at 2133 MHz, so that makes it the most powerful new Windows 10 2-in-1 that have been announced for 2017 so far. Storage options are 512GB or 1TB of SSD storage.
Three of the main Lenovo Miix 720 features are a record breaking (for a consumer tablet) 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity for the brand new Lenovo Active Pen 2, that will be launched by itself in February for $59.99.
The Lenovo Active Pen 2 also uses Windows Ink, so the Lenovo Miix 720 sounds like a tablet you can keep for years, and it will still stay modern year after year. Lenovo says that the first wave of tablets might ship with the predecessor Lenovo Active Pen 1, but that the second wave will in some markets ship with Lenovo Active Pen 2. Which is why this stylus will also be sold as an accessory.
The second feature is the 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 port that will offer the fastest connection you can get on a consumer computer today. So all in all, you get a USB 3.1 Type-C port, a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port, and a microSD card slot, and a 3.5 mm audio combo jack.
A third feature is the infrared camera (IR) with Windows Hello suport, that will recognizes a users face to unlock the tablet. This is from the front, where there’s also a normal 1MP camera. On the back of the tablet, there’s also a 5MP camera, while it has front dual-array mics and Dolby stereo speakers as well.
The Lenovo Miix 720 battery life is 8 hours, which is okay, but not totally class leading from the 41 WHr battery.
Among other Lenovo Miix 720 specs we are of course treated to complete Wi-Fi cover, with 2×2 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi support, and Bluetooth 4.1 too.
The included keyboard is backlit, and connects to the tablet via pogo pins. The Miix 720 tablet has a built-in kickstand and uses Lenovo’s watchband hinges for multi-angle positioning. Color options are dark iron gray and champagne.
The Lenovo Miix 720 tablet weighs 780 grams and is 8.9 mm thick, while the keyboard weighs 320 grams and is 5.7 mm thick.
It will be launched in Asia first, with orders shipping in late January in Taiwan. But Lenovo said today that the Miix 720 will be released in the US in April 2017. So until then, the main alternatives are the Surface Pro 4, Surface Book, and the Asus Transformer 3 Pro.
– Tom Bowen