CES 2018: Lenovo unveils always-connected Miix 630
Lenovo Miix is a 2-in-1 Windows 10 notebook running a Qualcomm chipset, with a built-in SIM slot and claims battery backup of 20 hours
Hot on the heels of Asus NovaGo and HP Envy x2 comes another always connected Windows notebook powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipset. It is called the Lenovo’s Miix 630 and it was one of the big announcements by Lenovo at the CES 2018 event in Las Vegas.
Unlike the NovaGo, which was a full-fledged notebook with a 13-inch screen, Lenovo’s offering is a 2-in-1 notebook with a 12-inch screen with a healthy resolution of 1,920x1,080p and a detachable keyboard on the lines of Microsoft’s Surface Pro. The pictures available suggest that the keyboard layout and the design of the keys in the Miix 630 are similar to ThinkPad notebooks.
For seamless internet access, the Miix 630 has a built-in SIM card slot. This means users won’t have to depend on mobile hotspot or Wi-Fi network all the time. The device will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor used in flagship smartphones such as Google Pixel 2 and OnePlus 5T. This means one can’t run heavy tasks as one can on Microsoft’ Surface Pro-like devices which run on Intel Core i series processors.
The 2-in-1 runs Windows 10 S, an optimised version of Windows 10, which takes less time to boot up and claims a battery. With Mixx 630, Lenovo assures battery backup of up to 20 hours. The only limitation of Windows S is that it doesn’t allow users to install apps from anywhere but the Windows Store.
The Mixx 630 will be available sometime between April and June, 2018 and will start at $799 (approximately Rs50,732). This makes it a bit pricey than the Asus NovaGo which starts at $599 (approximately Rs38,039).
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