Lenovo Miix 520 detachable coming with Core i5-8250U and i5-8350U options
The Miix 520 completes Lenovo's trio of IFA 2017 announcements that includes the 12.5-inch Yoga 720 and now-confirmed Yoga 920. Unlike the two Yoga models, however, the Miix 520 is merely an internal update and shares the exact same chassis as last year's Miix 510. Core specifications are therefore identical to the Miix 510 outside of the new Kaby Lake-R ULV processors.
- 12.2-inch FHD IPS touchscreen
- Intel quad-core Core i5-8250U or i5-8350U
- 8 GB RAM
- 256 GB PCIe SSD
- 8 MP camera with auto-focus
- 1x USB Type-C, 1x USB 3.0, SD reader, SIM slot (optional)
- 39 Wh battery
- 880 g w/o keyboard, 1.26 kg w/ keyboard
- 9.9 mm w/o keyboard, 15.9 mm w/ keyboard
The update to 8th gen ULV Kaby Lake-R should bring significant multi-core performance advantages over the 6th gen ULV Skylake or 7th gen ULV Kaby Lake found on the Miix 510. Early benchmarks show the i5-8250U and i5-8350U performing over 40 percent faster than the i5-7200U and i5-7300U, respectively, so the deltas should be even wider compared to our older Miix 510 test model with the i5-6200U. That is, of course, assuming that the Miix 520 can maintain respectable Turbo Boost speeds since the base clock rates for quad-core Kaby Lake-R are much slower than 7th gen Kaby Lake. Note that the Miix 520 will have no 8th gen Core i7 options as those are reserved for the Yoga 920 instead.
Outside of the CPU, Cortana will be supported with far-field microphones to recognize voice commands from across the room.
See our full review on the Miix 510 for more information on the chassis, keyboard, and display. The Miix 520 is coming this October for $1000 USD in only the Gray color option. While the keyboard attachment is included in the packaging, the Active Pen 2 stylus must be purchased separately.