Lenovo Miix 720 convertible leaked: Kaby Lake CPUs, QHD+ Display & Thunderbolt 3
Some manufacturers like to flood the market with hundred different models. In the past, Samsung was no doubt such a candidate in the smartphone-market, Lenovo uses the same strategy in the PC space. One model for every taste, the strategy could be summed up like this.
We can see this strategy unfold right now if we take a look at Lenovo´s Miix tablets: Lenovo just announced the Miix 510 on IFA 2016. A few weeks later, the first details regarding a new model called Miix 710 emerged, which is a Kaby Lake-update of the Miix 700. Now, the first details regarding the Miix 720 leaked, another new Miix 7xx model.
The separation between the tablets, which all have a similar design and form-factor, is mostly done with the CPUs. Lenovo is using old 15W Skylake U-CPUs in the Miix 510. The Miix 710 uses Kaby Lake CPUs, as does the Miix 720, but whereas the Miix 710 uses power-efficient 4,5W CPUs (formerly Core M), the Miix 720 is based on Kaby Lake U-CPUs, like the Core i5-7200U. This also means that the Miix 710 is the only fan-less of the three models, while Miix 510 and 720 do use an active cooling-system.
Other then that, the Miix 720 is clearly the most modern and well equipped model of the bunch. The 12" 3:2 display has a higher resolution of 2.880 x 1920 when compared to the older Miix 700 and 710, which have a 2.160 x 1.440 display. The Miix 720 is going to be equipped with the newest version of Lenovo´s Active Wacom pen, called the Active Pen 2, which has 4.096 levels of pressure sensitivity. As the first Miix tablet ever, the Miix 720 is equipped with a Thunderbolt 3 port, something even the Surface Pro 4 can´t offer. A maximum of 16 GB RAM is soldered onto the motherboard, Lenovo uses up to 1 TB PCIe SSDs. Last but not least, the Miix 720 offers a Infrared-camera that supports Windows Hello.
Its not yet clear when the Miix 720 launches, and how much it will cost. Judging by the specifications, it won´t be the cheapest model in Lenovo´s line, but it certainly seems like a good competitor to the upcoming Surface Pro 5, which is expected for Spring 2017.
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