Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 final release is just around the corner (literally), and the guys at Lenovo seem to want to get ahead of the pack and release their first 8-inch tablet that is running the new operating system. After all, they seem to like Windows 8 by the looks of things, and updating to the new version is a priority for them.

Also, the company is trying to incorporate new technologies in their devices, and as proof of that, the new Miix 2 will come powered by the latest of Intel’s mobile-friendly processors, the Bay Trail Atom. Apart from adding the newest iteration of Intel’s Atom series processor, the tablet doesn’t seem to stand out much, considering the competition that it has from other models out there.

Lenovo Miix 2 Technical Specification

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The device has a sleek body that measures 5.18in x 8.48in x .32in and weighs in at 350 g (0.77lb), which makes the Miix 2 very portable. As an added extra, Lenovo is also making available the smart cover for the Miix 2, which will make it more accessible and it will come with a stylus and active digitizer technology, making it much more accurate. In terms of the hardware, here is a list of all the technical specs of the Miix 2:

  • Processor: Quad Core Intel Atom Bay Trail-T
  • Display: 16:10 widescreen 8 inch HD multi-touch display with a resolution of 1280×800
  • RAM: 2GB LP-DDR3
  • Storage: 32/64 GB eMMC
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, 3G-GPS3
  • Cameras: 2MP front camera and 5MP rear camera
  • Battery: Up to 7 hrs
  • Software: Windows 8.1 and pre-installed Microsoft Office 2013

Now, there are a few thing to notice here, first off is the overall “not-standing-out-ness” of all the specs.  The cameras are pretty much what you’ve expect from any run of the miss smartphone, there is no 4G LTE connectivity and the battery life of only 7 hours doesn’t do any justice to Intel’s processor, which was marketed as very power efficient. On the plus side, it does come with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 installed, so it will be a good accessory for those who are still looking for the best gadgets to show off at school.

Apart from this, the Miix 2 is a pretty decent tablet, and even with its disadvantages, it is still a nice gadget to have. The device will be priced starting at $299 for the 32GB version and it will go up to $349 for the 64GB. For those who don’t mind paying a little extra, a 128GB version will be available later on, as for the smart cover case and the stylus, those will be priced at $20. As for availability, the Miix 2 is expected to hit the shelves this month.

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I often wonder, where is technology heading? What do all of these advances mean for us and for our future? I sometimes miss the days when I didn’t know how to use a floppy disk, or how a computer CPU works, but now, until I find an answer to my questions, I’ll keep tracking these advances and show everything I find to those who share my interests.