Microsoft announced Windows 10 on ARM last year, almost a month ago, and Lenovo has jumped the gun with its first ARM-powered device–Miix 630– a 2-in-1 tablet.
While the device doesn’t seem to be stunning outside, the inside looks good. You get an Octacore Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, Adreno 540 GPU, 4GB / 6GB RAM, 64GB to 256 GB SSD. Lenovo claims that it will deliver 20 hours of battery life.
Now let’s take a look at its outside specs, which is boring to very honest. Lenovo is most probably experimenting with the ARM, for now. You get a 12.3-inch display with 2:3 aspect ratio and 1080P resolution. You get a thick black bezel around the display which also includes a Windows Hello-compatible camera. When it comes to the port, you get just get a USB-C port and a 3.5 mm audio port. It weighs around 1.33 KG or 2.93 lbs.
That said, the notebook is expected to launch at the start of the second quarter of 2018, with a starting price of $799.99.
IMO, the pricing is pretty steep. You can get a worthful convertible at this price range which also will execute WIN 32 Apps. You might have to take a different combination of RAM, ports, and storage, but it will b worth. ARM SoC is yet to see the real world implementation. If OEMs are going to follow the same trend, Microsoft might need to partner with MediaTek as well.
One thing which is interesting about Miix 630 is its kickstand which is part of the removable keyboard. The part of the keyboard folds around the base of the notebook, and then extend out to become a stand. It also acts as the keyboard cover. This is probably the coolest implementation of a kickstand we have seen till now.
Since its an ARM device, Miix 630 comes with always connected capabilities. It can remain connected to either WiFi or LTE (integrated SIM) even with your laptop in sleep mode.