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Lenovo announces UK availability and pricing for Miix hybrid tablet and Ideapad laptops

A 10.1in convertible tablet that detaches from a 'quick-flip' folio case
Mon Jun 24 2013, 15:14

CHINESE HARDWARE FIRM Lenovo has announced the UK pricing and availability for another hybrid Windows 8 tablet as well as a host of other Ideapad Touch laptops.

The Lenovo Miix is a 10.1in convertible tablet that detaches from a "quick-flip" folio case with an integrated "Accutype" keyboard.

The Miix tablet with Windows 8

Touting a 10.1in HD IPS display supporting 1366x768 resolution, the Miix is powered by a dual-core Intel Atom processor and comes with 64GB of built-in eMMC storage expandable by an additional 32GB with a microSD card slot.

Weighing 544g and measuring 10mm thick, it also includes integrated Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi and optional 3G connectivity and boasts up to 10 hours of battery life.

The Miix will set you back £449.99 and will be available in August.

Alongside the Miix tablet, Lenovo has also unveiled the UK availability of the Ideapad S400 Touch, S500 Touch, S210 Touch, U330 Touch and U430 Touch, all of which hail from the company's S Series and U Series notable for their thin and lightweight designs.

Lenovo S Series laptops are budget focused laptops powered by a third generation Intel Core CPU and starting from a thickness of 20.5mm.

Designed to look stylish with a metallic finish and a thin and light frame weighing 1.36kg and 20.5mm thick, the S series devices "pack a solid punch with far greater performance than comparably priced laptops", Lenovo claimed.

The Ideapad S400 and S500 can be configured with up to Intel Core i5 processors and optional discrete graphics, while the Ideapad S210 is equipped with up to Intel Core i3 processors.

The S400 and S500 come with 14in and 15.6in HD widescreen displays and will be priced at £549.99 and £649.99, respectively. The S210 comes up with an 11.6in HD widescreen display and will be priced at £349.99 when it is released in August.

While the S Series boasts more affordability, Lenovo's Ideapad U series laptops are notable for their thin and light designs. Starting from 19.5mm thick, the U330 and the U430 qualify as ultrabooks, Lenovo claims.

Supporting 10-point multi-touch, the U330 Touch comes with a 13.3in HD or FHD display and the U430 Touch comes with a 14in HD+ or FHD display, available with Intel's latest fourth generation Haswell chip, plus optional Nvidia Geforce graphics with DirectX 11.

The U series has storage options for a 1TB HDD with 16GB SSD or a 500GB HDD with integrated 16GB NAND flash cache or 256GB SSD storage.

Ideapad U330 Touch will retail for £649.99 and the Ideapad U430 for £699.99 when they ship in August.

The Chinese computer company has said the Miix, S Series and U Series devices "demonstrate Lenovo's commitment to 'touch' as a defining trend in consumer computing" as it expects the penetration rate of touch laptops, which now sits at close to 15 percent, to double next year. µ


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