Lenovo Launches Surface Pro 4 Competitor… Lenovo Miix 720
January 4, 2017
As part of the continued announcements from Lenovo and other vendors leading up to CES 2017, Lenovo has announced details of the new Miix 720 2-in-1 tablet and clear competitor to the ageing Surface Pro 4. For this press release, rather than just list raw technical details, Lenovo wrote a small narrative of the “day in the life with the Miix 720“.
Up to 7th Gen Intel Core i7 processor
12-Inch QHD+ Display – Up To 1920 x 2880 Resolution
14.6mm ( 0.57 in) thick, weight at 1.1 kg (2.4 Ibs)
Detachable touchpad-enabled backlit keyboard included w/ 1.5mm of key travel
Thunderbolt 3 (40 Gbps USB-C) Port for file transfer and 4k displays
Windows Hello support via infrared (IR) camera and facial recognition
Lenovo Active Pen 2 w/ 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity
Estimate: 8 – Hours Battery life w/ capability to act as a charger for other USB devices
150 Degree integrated kickstand via familiar Lenovo watch hinge design
Pricing and Availability:
The Miix 720 (keyboard included) starts at $999.99 USD, and will be available in two color options Champagne Gold and Iron Gray beginning in April 2017. The Lenovo Active Pen 2 starts at $59.99 USD, and will be available beginning in February 2017. All availability is based on the US market, but I would expect it to launch shortly after in Canada to compete with the Surface line.
I for one, considering the price, updated hardware options (including USB-C), and the design of Lenovo with the watch hinge would gladly pick this tablet over the Surface Pro 4 as it currently stands. As mentioned in my news post on the new ThinkPad X1 Yoga announcement, I once owned and loved a Yoga 11S, which was my purchase choice instead of a Surface Pro 1! In the Yoga 11S I was able to get the same hardware, in a smaller package, for less. In the case of that purchase, I didn’t care if the keyboard was removable or not, just that I could transition into a tablet mode. This new Miix 720 is very sharp looking and would make it hard for me to choose between it and the new ThinkPad Yoga X1, probably coming down to price and availability factors.
Lenovo Miix 720 Windows detachable
Thin and light Lenovo Miix 720 detachable
Charge your phone through the a USB connection that never sleeps, even when your Miix 720’s powered off
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