10 months after the first leak about it surfaced, Lenovo finally took to the IFA trade show in Berlin this week to announce the Lenovo Miix 520, a 12.2-inch Windows 10 2-in-1 tablet with detachable keyboard, powered by options of up to a 8th gen. Intel Core i7 processor with 16GB RAM at max. Lenovo says they aim for a October release in the US for $999, and a November release in Europe for a price of €899.
Lenovo’s Miix 500 series is Lenovo’s cheaper 12-inch series, while the Miix 700 series remains the more cutting edge 12-inch series of Windows 10 2-in-1’s.
But there are still a few stand out features, at least if we compare it to the latest Microsoft Surface Pro. It hs a side fingerprint reader, optional 4G LTE, a 4096 levels pressure sensitive active pen with the Lenovo Active Pen 2 for the 1920 x 1200 resolution display, a backlit keyboard, 2 front microphones and 2 microphones on the sides for Cortana, and a rear 8MP 3D WorldView camera that lets users scan or photograph objects in 3D.
And the Miix 520 has a USB 3.0 Type-C port too, a USB 3.0 port, a power port, and a 3.5mm audio combo jack. In addition to the fast processor and up to 16GB of LPDDR4 RAM, it can be bought with up to 1TB of PCIe SSD storage as well.
Other Lenovo Miix 520 specs counts a 5MP front camera, stereo Dolby Audio speakers, an 8 hour battery life, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, a glass cover precision touchpad on the keyboard, with color options of either iron grey or platinum for the tablet and keyboard.
The tablet weighs 900 grams and is 9.9 mm thick, or 1250 grams and 15.9mm thick with the keyboard.
– Tom Bowen