It appears Microsoft’s Surface range of hybrids – the latest member of which is the Surface Pro 4 – is the one to beat by competitors, as we have already seen a number of devices that were seemingly designed to contest with it. The IdeaPad Miix 700 is one of such rivals. The 2-in-1 Lenovo tablet features similar design as a Surface while packing a sturdy, laptop-type keyboard and latest Intel Core processor.
The similarity between Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700 and a Microsoft Surface tablet is almost immediately visible when placed side-by-side. On the rear, it has a kickstand with a watchband hinge design similar to that of the high-end convertible Yoga 3 Pro to allow you use the device in tablet, laptop and stand modes. The 0.8kg slate comes with a sturdy, detachable keyboard, which is attached to the device with the aid of strong magnets. The quality of the keyboard is comparable to that of those provided for consumer laptops from Lenovo and better than that of Surface’s Type Cover – at least, before the Surface Pro 4 was unveiled with an improved keyboard cover.
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700 sports a 12-inch diagonal display, which puts it in the same class as the higher-end Surface Pro tablet. It has similar screen resolution of 2160 x 1440 pixels as the Surface Pro 3 offering users great colour reproduction for immersive viewing. The touchscreen has a 16:9 aspect ratio. The intelligent display supports Active Pen, which enables users write and draw on it just like when using a regular pen and paper.
Power and Performance
In terms of performance, Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700 straddles the ground between the entry-Level Surface and high-end Surface Pro tablets. It is equipped with latest Intel Core processors from the Skylake range. The 2-in-1 tablet comes with up to Core M7 processor, which can be paired with up to 8 GB of RAM. The latest processors promises better performance and improved battery life than the previous-generation Core M processors. At this rate, you may expect minimum battery life of eight hours.
Sundry Specs and Features
The hybrid will boot Windows 10 Home out-of-the-box, giving you access to improved and new features as well as better security. For connectivity, you get Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11ac, which offers three times faster speeds than a traditional Wi-Fi module. There is also optional 4G LTE support. The slate features two USB ports (including one USB 3.0), a micro HDMI video port and a microSD card reader.
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700 offers integrated Trusted Platform Module (TPM) technology for enhanced security. It features 5-megapixel rear and front-facing camera. The 2-in-1 tablet also comes with an optional Intel RealSense 3D camera for more intuitive interaction with games and for logging in to Windows 10 with your face.
Pricing and Availability
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700 will go on sale in the United States from November at a starting price of $699, which converts to an amount between N140,000 and N160,000 in Nigeria. The price covers its sturdy keyboard as well. There is no information yet on price and availability in other countries, aside the U.S.
– 12-inch (1440p) touch display with Active Pen support
– Intel Skylake processor (up to Core M7)
– Up to 8 GB of RAM
– 5MP rear and front-facing camera
– Windows 10 Home
– Wi-Fi 802.11ac with Bluetooth 4.0
– Optional 4G LTE support
– Optional Intel RealSense 3D camera