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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  • OEMG - Monday, January 08, 2018 - link

    Any clarification if this can be upgraded to non-S SKUs (Home or Pro)? I don't think this even does x86 emulation as it would only run apps from the store which IIRC compile native ARM versions by default. Reply
  • Bullwinkle-J-Moose - Monday, January 08, 2018 - link

    No, it cannot be upgraded to any "standard" version of Windows

    I am also not aware of any software plans to run a real copy in a VM

    Install a copy of Windows 10 S on a spare drive to see just how bad it really is
    You will find it on the Fall Creators Update ISO

    I'd take a 3 hour run time over this every day of the week
    Reply
  • lmcd - Monday, January 08, 2018 - link

    As the shameful owner of a Dell XPS 12 9250 I think you'd quickly have a change of heart. It makes a portable machine suddenly no longer portable, in effect. Reply
  • Zeratul56 - Tuesday, January 09, 2018 - link

    Hey, I have the 9250. I love that thing, I use it to play games on the airplane and all sorts of media consumption. You are right though, battery life is awful. Probably less than half of what dell promised.

    I figured at the time if you wanted good battery life to get something like an iPad. However, there isn’t much the iPad can do that my iPhone can’t do and I wanted to be able do more advanced stuff that can be done with a ‘normal’ windows computer.
    Reply
  • Alexvrb - Tuesday, January 09, 2018 - link

    I don't know why you believe that, but you're flat-out wrong. If you want full Windows 10 Pro, you can upgrade (for free if it's like the other SD 835 releases recently). No VM required. They ported Windows 10 to ARM, and "S" isn't the only version available. If you upgrade to Pro you can run Win32 x86 software, too, via the Windows on ARM translation layer. Obviously performance won't be as good as native ARM compiled software, but it's a hybrid approach rather than pure emulation so it works surprisingly well. All of the APIs are native so that helps a lot.

    Also, to answer OEMG's other question: not all Store apps are true UWP. Anything repackaged with Desktop App Converter would still be x86. So even Windows 10 S ARM might have use for the WoA binary translation. Currently the translation layer only supports 32-bit x86 programs, but given the mobile SoC that's not a big deal. I'm not sure if that's purely a software limitation or if it's not possible with the current-gen Snapdragons. They will have to add it at some point, as the ARM systems go higher-spec over time.
    Reply
  • Hurr Durr - Tuesday, January 09, 2018 - link

    He's a flat out psycho pimping out his bastardized XP version, what would you expect. Reply
  • Bullwinkle-J-Moose - Tuesday, January 09, 2018 - link

    Troll much? Reply
  • Hurr Durr - Tuesday, January 09, 2018 - link

    I'm not buying your bullshit, calm down psycho. Reply
  • Bullwinkle-J-Moose - Tuesday, January 09, 2018 - link

    "I don't know why you believe that, but you're flat-out wrong. If you want full Windows 10 Pro, you can upgrade (for free if it's like the other SD 835 releases recently). No VM required. They ported Windows 10 to ARM, and "S" isn't the only version available. If you upgrade to Pro you can run Win32 x86 software, too, via the Windows on ARM translation layer."
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    Only Windows Store apps can be run through the x86 translation layer and only Windows 10 S can be run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835

    If you have a link to any "official" information contradicting this, please provide a link for us all as that would be great news for everyone
    Reply
  • Bullwinkle-J-Moose - Tuesday, January 09, 2018 - link

    Alexvrb, you are thinking of the Microsoft notebook upgrade from Windows 10 S to Pro

    That was an X86 notebook and this is NOT!!!
    Reply

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