It’s too late fox Xmas shopping but Lenovo got its Bay Trail based tablets in the channel and the first units are now available at Amazon, a bit too late to end up under Christmas trees, despite the original listing for pre-orders on November 10th. In addition to a very consumer friendly name, the Lenovo IdeaTab Miix2 has a 1280x800 8-inch screen, , Windows 8.1, 32GB of flash storage, 2GB RAM and 1.3GHz Intel Z3740 quad-core processor. Oddly enough the Amazon listing is riddled with typos and factual errors. (Hm, sounds familiar. Ed)
The resolution is not to die for, but considering that Windows 8 and 8.1 scale really poorly on high resolution screens, so in some way an affordable 1280x800 8-inch touch screen can actually be seen as a good choice. Lenovo promises up to seven hours of battery life and the tablet comes with an 8-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel front camera. It measures 5.2 x 8.5 x 0.3 inches, weighs 0.77lbs (350 grams) and has a 17.5 Watt Hour Li-Polymer battery.
Of course it has Bluetooth 4.0 and WLAN 802.11n, as well as Micro USB, Micro SD, Micro SIM card reader and audio combo. The Micro SIM reader is a surprising part as Lenovo fails to tell you that this tablet comes with 3G or 4G support.
It sells for $299 for 32GB and $349 for 64GB and to spice it up Lenovo is throwing in a Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 Edition.
You can get one here.