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CES 2014 | Lenovo launches two new MIIX 2 Windows 8.1 detachables

Lenovo launches two new MIIX 2 Windows 8.1 detachables
Lenovo launches two new MIIX 2 Windows 8.1 detachables
The hybrid devices feature Intel Baytrail Atom and Intel Haswell processors

Just a few weeks ago, Lenovo launched its first 8-inch Windows 8 tablet – the MIIX 2 8. Now two larger models are following – a 10.1-inch model Lenovo is calling “ultra-portable” and a “performance-focused” 11.6-inch model. Much like Dell's two versions of the Venue 11 Pro, Lenovo has produced two very similar tablets that differ slightly in size but are mostly distinguished by which Intel processor they are powered by.

The 10.1-inch tablet runs on a quad-core Atom processor, 2 GB of RAM, up to 128 GB of internal storage, and also has a micro USB port; while the 11.6-inch MIIX 2 is available with up to a Core i5 Haswell processor, up to 8 GB of RAM, up to 256 GB of storage, and has a full sized USB 3.0 port. The smaller model weighs 1.3 pounds (2.27 with the keyboard), the larger model weighs 1.76 pounds (2.97 with the keyboard).

Both models feature Full HD displays (1920 x 1200), Windows 8.1, integrated Intel HD graphics, a 5 MP back-facing camera, a 2 MP front-facing camera, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n wifi, a mini HDMI port, a microSD slot (up to 32 GB cards), up to 8 hours of battery life, optional 3G, and a detachable AccuType keyboard.

As with most detachable models, the new MIIX 2s are set apart by their laptop functionality. Lenovo opted for a thicker keyboard than either Microsoft's Surface Pro 2 or Sony's VAIO Tap 11. The extra thickness and weight might be viewed as a flaw by many, but the inclusion of a subwoofer and an extra USB 2.0 port (2 for the larger model) should make up for it. It also remains to be seen whether the tablet is simply propped up in the keyboard or is otherwise attached, which would seriously impact the MIIX 2s' usability as laptops in non-ideal conditions.

Prices and availability for the new Lenovo MIIX 2s have not yet been announced.

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Craig Munro, 2014-01- 6 (Update: 2014-01- 6)