Chromebooks, Watch Out! $199 Lenovo Miix 320 2-in-1 Debuts At MWC 2017
Lenovo just unveiled its new Miix 320 2-in-1 at the Mobile World Congress 2017 and the highly portable and affordable device might give Chromebooks a run for their money.
Chromebooks have gained traction mainly because of their affordable price tags, but Lenovo now offers the full Windows 10 experience on a budget with the new Miix 320 detachable.
Lenovo says its new Miix 320 is designed with millennials in mind and it offers everything people need to handle their digital enterprise tasks on the go. The company says the 2-in-1 Miix 320 should come particularly in handy for freelance bloggers, Uber drivers, part-time workers, online sellers, and the like.
Side Hustle For Millennials
"While millennials didn't quite invent the phenomenon, they've certainly branded the 'side hustle' attitude and lifestyle," says Lenovo.
"The Miix 320's detachable form factor matches a multitasker's need for instant flexibility. For blogging or budgeting on a fully loaded laptop, simply attach the stable docking keyboard with precision touchpad and get to work wherever you are."
Lenovo Miix 320 Specs
The new Lenovo Miix 320 has a 10.1-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,200) touchscreen display, an Intel Atom X5 processor, Intel HD graphics, up to 4 GB of RAM up to 128 GB of eMMC storage, and Dolby Advanced Audio speakers. Detaching the keyboard is easy, and the Miix 320 supports Windows Continuum so that users can pick up right where they left off, as the device automatically adapts to tablet or laptop mode.
The screen is lightly smaller than the typical 11-inch display of a Chromebook, but the higher resolution makes up for it. The display includes a USB Type-C port, while the keyboard section comes with USB Type-A ports.
The device is highly portable, measuring just 0.7 inches in thickness when docked with the keyboard, and 0.4 inches for the tablet itself. The whole package (tablet + detachable keyboard) weighs in at 2.24 pounds.
The tablet part snaps into the keyboard's dock through magnetic attachment clips that offer a firm and secure hold without making it difficult to attach. The keyboard is highly responsive, but it doesn't come with backlighting.
With Windows 10 on board the Lenovo Miix 2 should have no issues handling regular productivity tasks or surfing the internet, and the dual-band Wi-Fi plus LTE connectivity should allow users to stay connected at all times.
Lenovo further touts that one of the main selling points of the Miix 310 is its long battery life, as the tablet can last for up to 10 hours on a single charge with standard usage. In today's fast-paced day and age, getting a full day of usage out of such a device is essential.
The Lenovo Miix 2 also features a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front shooter, which should suffice for video chats but not any good-quality selfies.
Lenovo Miix 2 Pricing And Availability
It remains to be seen whether the Lenovo Miix 2 will really challenge Chromebooks to the core, but it does have the affordability factor working in its favor. The Miix 2 starts at just $199.99, which makes it an attractive option for what it brings to the table. The device will hit the market in mid-April. A Miix 320 version with Active Pen support and Microsoft Office 365, meanwhile, will hit select markets starting in July.