LAS VEGAS, NV — Lenovo today introduced its first Qualcomm Snapdragon 835-based 2-in-1 notebook that runs Microsoft Windows 10 S, has a built-in Gigabit LTE modem and promises up to 20 hours of battery life. The Miix 600 is Lenovo’s new attempt to capitalize on Microsoft’s latest effort to install PC version of Windows on ARM.

The Lenovo Miix 600 is a 2-in-1 detachable notebook featuring a 12.3” WUXGA+ LCD that has a 15.6 mm z-height when outfitted with a keyboard. Since it is based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 SoC, many would think of the Miix 600 as of a tablet with an add-on keyboard and a very big and fat 48 Wh battery. Nonetheless, the Miix 600 is indeed a PC: it runs Windows 10 S and is outfitted with 4 or 8 GB of RAM, one USB Type-C connector, an SD card reader, and up to 256 GB of NAND flash UFS storage. Just like other modern Windows 10-based systems, the Miix 600 supports Cortana voice assistant and is outfitted with an IR-enabled webcam that supports Windows Hello facial recognition for easier logins.

Two key features of the Miix 600 are connectivity — it supports 2x2 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 and Gigabit LTE modem, and battery life — being powered by a mobile SoC and equipped with a laptop-class accumulator, it can playback videos from its local storage for 20 hours at 150 nits brightness. In a real-world situation when used to run productivity applications and is connected to the Internet using its built-in LTE modem, the Miix 600 will hardly endure for that long, but the key thing here is that it can last longer than most reasonably-priced ultra-portable notebooks due to its ARMv8 CPU architecture.

In fact, the ARMv8 processor architecture is both advantage and disadvantage of the Miix 600. On the one hand, the Snapdragon 835 is less power hungry than most x86-based SoCs from Intel. On the other hand, in Windows 10 S environment it can only run either specially-optimized applications, or perform binary translation (or another form of emulation) for 32-bit x86 applications (64-bit x86 apps are not supported) which naturally results in reduced performance.

The Lenovo Miix 630
  Specifications
Display 12.3"
1920×1280
187 PPI
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
4 x Kryo 280 Performance (2.45 GHz)
4 x Kryo Efficiency (1.9 GHz)
Graphics Adreno 540 GPU at 710 MHz
RAM 4 - 8 GB
Storage 64 - 256 GB
Wi-Fi 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.1
WWAN Qualcomm X16 Gigabit LTE
USB 3.0 1 × Type-C
Cameras Front 5 MP with IR and Windows Hello
Rear 13 MP
Other I/O Microphone, stereo speakers, audio jack, trackpad, card reader, etc.
Battery 48 Wh
Battery Life 20 hours
Dimensions Width 293 mm | 11.5"
Height 210 mm | 8.2"
Thickness 15.6 mm | 0.6" w/ keyboard
Weight 1.33 kilograms | 2.93 lbs

Lenovo expects its Miix 630 systems to hit the market in March or April with prices starting at $799 (a stylus with 1,024 levels of sensitivity is included). The MSRP of the 2-in-1 looks rather high as there are plenty of competitive Intel-based hybrids sold under $800. Evidently, Lenovo aims the Miix 630 at those who need a combination of Windows 10, Gigabit LTE and a very long battery life for less than $1000. Today, such people simply do not have any comparable options based on x86.

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  • Solidstate89 - Tuesday, January 09, 2018 - link

    You're wrong.

    "HP and Asus’ devices will include Windows 10 S, designed to only run apps from the Windows Store, but users will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro free of charge (for now) to get access to the full desktop apps. Microsoft has natively compiled Windows 10 to run on ARM chipsets, so all Windows processes, Edge, and the shell all run natively without emulation. Microsoft has also looked at the top third-party desktop applications and natively recompiled a set of system DLLs that they rely on to ensure performance is solid."

    https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/5/16737288/micros...
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  • Bullwinkle-J-Moose - Tuesday, January 09, 2018 - link

    Thanks for the Link Solidstate89

    That is the first info I've seen about this

    Many games won't work

    Most 3rd party antivirus won't work

    A lot of 32 bit apps will not be compatible

    64-bit Windows apps aren’t supported

    but hey, with 20 hour battery life, i could...........????

    Yeah, we really need an in depth review to see what is possible

    ANANTECH,
    PLEASE review the PRO version of this abomination and list as many limitations as you can find

    There will be a lot of angry customers if they believe this is a complete X86 replacement, but still, I'd like to know what it CAN and CANNOT do

    There is no need to review the 10S version as the limitations can be reviewed by anyone in the Fall Creators ISO on any modern X86 computer
    Reply
  • lmcd - Monday, January 08, 2018 - link

    OEMG -- your statement is true regarding UWP applications. However, the Windows Store at this time probably has more traditional x86 apps than UWP, ARM-ready apps. Reply
  • Lolimaster - Tuesday, January 09, 2018 - link

    So it's a facelift of Window 8.1 ARM, so fail. Reply
  • domboy - Tuesday, January 09, 2018 - link

    Actually, it's not a fail. This is what Windows RT should have had... a way out of the sandbox. As others mention, Windows 10 S, even ARM edition, can be upgraded to Pro. I'm also very interested in finding out if the open source desktop apps that were recompiled to run on "jailbroken" RT devices will run on Windows 10 ARM Pro. I suspect they will run just fine, but there is always a chance Microsoft still left some stupid restriction on these systems. Reply
  • lazarpandar - Monday, January 08, 2018 - link

    That bezel is.... not symmetric? And large. Ugly. Reply
  • thecoolnamesweretaken - Tuesday, January 09, 2018 - link

    People making comments about sizes are design lemmings. Reply
  • piroroadkill - Tuesday, January 09, 2018 - link

    You need large bezels on a tablet. Reply
  • Death666Angel - Tuesday, January 09, 2018 - link

    It seems to be symmetrical though. It may not be symmetrical on 2 axes, but it should be symmetrical on the axis going through the webcam and probably also point symmetrical. But that is hard to judge and I haven't seen any mention of bezel size in actual units. Reply
  • Mikewind Dale - Tuesday, January 09, 2018 - link

    Can these machines run Linux? E.g. Ubuntu? Reply

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