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Lenovo's two new tablets include a lower-cost Surface Pro rival

Written by Jon Fingas

Lenovo’s hoopla at IFA may be focusing on its creative-minded Yoga Book, but there are two new bread-and-butter tablets that are worth your attention, too. The 12.2-inch Miix 510 is a Surface Pro-alike for people who want a reasonably speedy 2-in-1 Windows tablet, but aren’t willing to pay a premium. It sports a lower-resolution display than the Miix 700 (1,920 x 1,200) and is both heavier (1.9 pounds without the keyboard attached) and thicker (0.39 inches), but it promises to be more powerful. You can have up to a 6th-generation Core i7 processor inside rather than a Core M, and up to a 1TB SSD — if it weren’t for the maximum 8GB of RAM and 7.5 hours of battery life, the new Miix could easily go toe-to-toe with Microsoft’s current flagship slate. There’s even optional LTE data, which has been sorely missing on the Surface Pro line.

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As it is, the pricing may make you forget the shortcomings. Lenovo hasn’t outlined the entry-level specs, but the Miix 510 will start at $600 when it ships in October. That’s inexpensive enough that you might just get a higher-end model and still undercut its Microsoft equivalent.

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus

Oh, and Android fans? Lenovo hasn’t forgotten about you. It’s also unveiling the Yoga Tab 3 Plus, a 10.1-inch Android Marshmallow slate that slots neatly between the no-frills Yoga Tab 3 and its higher-end Pro counterpart. You get the Pro’s 2,560 x 1,600 display, 13-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front cam and 32GB of expandable storage, and there’s even more RAM (3GB versus 2GB). However, this is otherwise a decidedly mid-range tablet– you’ll find a quad-core Snapdragon 652 processor and a slightly less capable 9,300mAh battery. You should still net an estimated 18 hours of battery life, though, and the Yoga Tab 3 series’ signature rotating stand (complete with a hole for hanging from the wall) remains intact.

Appropriately, you’re getting a middling price. The Plus will arrive in October for $300, or $100 more than the basic Yoga Tab 3 but well below the $500 of the Pro. If you like Lenovo’s take on Android tablet design, this is probably the sweet spot.

Update: We added hands-on pictures of the Miix 510 hybrid. As expected, it is clearly inspired by the Surface Pro, though the device doesn’t feel as premium as Microsoft’s. That said, we’ll see how it holds up once we test it in a more private setting, not on a demo table where dozens of other journalists are trying to pry it away from you. Unfortunately, Lenovo didn’t have the Yoga Tab 3 on display, but we’re told we might get a chance to see it in person later this week.

Edgar Alvarez contributed to this report.

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5 Comments

  • I have one of the YT3 tablets and while I love the HW design, Lenovo has been very unresponsive on software updates. Just check their own forums for post after post of unresolved issues on the YT3 Pro and no SW updates for any of the YT family.

    I would consider a Windows based tablet from them as you are not dependent on Lenovo for updates. This will most likely be my last Lenovo Android tablet.
  • I’ve always loved the Yoga Tab design – the 3 and 3 Plus retain and refine that, it seems (I own a YT 2 Android). Did they incorporate a fingerprint sensor in the rear protrusion where the stand’s hanging hole goes? I was just thinking awhile back while using my YT2 that the way the indent feels to the touch, it would be cool if Lenovo actually placed a fingerprint sensor there.

  • because it adds to the ‘mobility’ and self sufficiency of tablets without having to rely on a smart phone for additional support.

    Out in the field it would be more useful if the laptop/tablet hybrid was the central hub and everything else peripheral.
    iPads would not sell as well as a ubiquitous mobile device if it did not have the ability to use it’s own LTE functionality.
    its like those who say why should tablets have cameras on them?
    -because it adds to the convenience of the device to do more, without sacrificing too much in power, battery life.
    -there are some uses in cameras on tablets – conferencing, alternative sign in methods plus having a bigger screen comes in handy for photographers to do some editing on the fly.
  • I honestly don’t understand the criticism of the Surface Pro line NOT have LTE connectivity. That’s why you have a phone. You can easily use it as a mobile hotspot. Why add that functionality if you’ve got an easy alternative?

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