Forget Windows RT: the most interesting thing happening with Windows tablets lately is arguably the rise of incredibly affordable slates running full-on Windows 8.1 – no RT restrictions. We just saw Dell introduce its Venue 8 Pro, starting at a super-cheap $300 sticker price, and now it looks like Lenovo wants in on that action, too, announcing an eight-inch Windows 8.1 tablet of its own.
Like that Dell, Lenovo’s Miix2 features a 1280 x 800 display, runs a Bay Trail Atom, and sells starting at $300.
That’s for the base 32GB option; Lenovo has also announced 64GB and 128GB versions, but not all will be available everywhere. The US, for instance, won’t get the 128GB edition. In any case, there’s always microSD expansion.
The Miix2 has a 5-megapixel rear camera around back, 2-megapixel front-facer up front, and measures only 8.35mm thick.
Lenovo mentions some other specs, but we’re seriously suspect about them. One is just nutty – its release claims the Miix2 weighs only 350mg, but that’s clearly off by a factor of about one thousand – 350g would be a more sensible figure for the tablet’s mass. Lenovo also claims in a footnote that there will be “3G connectivity available in select countries,” but that note refers back to a passage about the tablet’s camera, and there’s not a single trace elsewhere of mention of any cellular data.
Those wonky bits aside, the Miix 2 should go up for sale sometime later this month.
Update: Lenovo has confirmed the correct weight is 350g, not 350mg.
Update 2: And the 3G part is confirmed, too. We’re not crazy, though, right? It’s really weird to make the one and only mention of cellular data support on a new tablet a footnote on camera specs.