Lenovo Miix2 8-Inch Windows 8.1 Tablet Is Now Official

The age of Windows powered tablet is well and truly upon us now. Along with Microsoft’s refreshed deluxe Surface slates, a number of manufacturers are preparing small yet powerful, feature rich yet affordable tablets powered by Windows 8.1.

Most of them are set to make their debut later this month, soon after the new operating system is out.

And fittingly for its status as the leading PC maker, Lenovo has also lined up several new Windows 8.1 devices, from sleek ultrabooks to stylish all-in-ones, electrifying convertibles to deluxe tablets. One member of company’s new tablet lineup has just been officially announced — the Miix2.

We got our first look at this affordable tablet at Computex back in June.

It flew under the radar all this time, but now the company has made it official. The Miix2 tablet sports an Intel Bay Trail-T quad-core processor that powers the 8-inch 1280 by 800 resolution screen.

When it comes to memory, 2GB of RAM comes standard, and users will have a choice of either 32G of 64GB of onboard storage, expandable via the included microSD card slot. Two cameras can be found on the tablet — one with a 5 megapixel rear lens, and another a 2 megapixel front facing one.

Lenovo claims the device offers up to seven hours of battery life.

The company will start selling the device in late October with a street price of $299 for the 32GB version and $349 for the 64GB model. Both models, obviously, come with a free copy of Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 preinstalled.

Buyers also have the option of a stylus and a cover that doubles up as a stand for the slate. These accessories can be had for $20 each.

In any case, this ranks up high as one of the most exciting 8-inch Windows 8.1 slates, and though the battery life is a tad shy of expectations, it is somewhat understandable considering the quad-core processing prowess on display.

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