CHINESE HARDWARE MAKER Lenovo has announced its first 8in tablet, the Lenovo Miix2, which will ship running Microsoft's Windows 8.1 operating system.
Windows 8.1 will be available to download from 12pm UK time today, or 4pm for those in the US, and Lenovo has been quick to unveil its first device to run it.
The Lenovo Miix2 is also the firm's first 8in tablet as it looks to challenge the Acer Iconia W3, and the mid-sized display features a 1280x800 resolution, 10-point multitouch and 178 degree viewing angles. Along with Windows 8.1, there's a Lenovo Bay Trail chip under the bonnet and 128GB of internal storage, with room to expand via microSD card.
Bai Peng, VP and GM of Lenovo's notebook business unit said, "Many users want the convenience of a smaller screen tablet, but do not want to lose the performance and convenience of a powerful, quad core Windows 8.1 device. With the Lenovo Miix2 8in, users can take advantage of a small, light form factor without sacrificing performance.
"The Lenovo Miix2 8in is a great example of how thoughtful design can deliver the best of both worlds."
The Lenovo Miix2 also features dual cameras, with a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera. While Lenovo is still to offer a full rundown on technical specifications, it has said that the tablet will ship with Microsoft Office Home and Student pre-installed, and that a stylus and cover will be offered as additional accessories.
The Lenovo Miix2 8in tablet will be available in the US later this month priced at $299. There's no word on UK availability yet, but we've contacted Lenovo for more information. µ
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