While a huge chunk of the tech world is looking forward to tomorrow, when Apple makes the official announcements about its latest iPads, the rest of the world continues breathing. In fact, other tablets are being designed, announced, and released as well. One of them is the Lenovo Miix2, which is the brand’s first 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet.

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Windows users will have mixed reactions to the recent Windows update, as is the usual case, but the Miix2 does catch the eye – not only because of its name, which I honestly think leaves much to be desired.

Still, in many circles, tablets that run on Windows are widely accepted, and Lenovo is not a brand to ignore in this space. The Miix2 is being summed up as “a Windows 8.1 multi-mode device that packs an Intel quad- core processor and IPS wide-angle, high-definition display into a small tablet form factor”.

Pertinent specs

What can one expect from the Miix2? Here are some of the most important details.

  • Intel®Bay Trail-T Quad Core processor
  • Integrated Intel HD Graphics (Gen7) with Clear Video HD technology
  • 8.35mm thick
  • weighs  350mg
  • 16:10 widescreen experience
  • 10-point multi- touch WXGA display
  • 800 x 1280 resolution
  • 178-degree viewing angle
  • 2 webcams: one in front (2MP) and one in back (5MP)
  • pre-loaded with Windows 8.1
  • up to 128GB of eMMC onboard storage (expandable up to 32GB with micro-SD slot)

Additionally, the “Start” button has been brought back (with the new Windows). Since Windows tablets are rather known to be used for productivity apps, it is great that the Miix2 comes pre-installed with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013. With the tablet priced at $299 (approximately, of course), having the pre-installed software makes for a nice discount.

For Windows tablet fans, the Lenovo Miix2 is something worth looking into for the holidays. Whether it’s a gift for yourself or someone else, it just might do the trick. Accessories such as covers and styluses are to be purchased separately, naturally.

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