Lenovo joins Windows 8.1 tablet race with $299 Miix2

Lenovo's Miix2 Windows tablet has an 8-inch screen and offers seven hours of battery life

Lenovo has entered the Windows 8.1 tablet market with the 8-inch Miix2 tablet, which starts at US$299 and has an Intel Atom chip code-named Bay Trail.

The Miix2 weighs 350 grams and is 8.35 millimeters thick. It has about seven hours of battery life, the company said in a specification sheet.

The tablet will be available at the end of this month in the U.S., according to Lenovo. With a cover for the tablet, it will be priced at $349.99.

The Miix2 screen can display images at a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, which is consistent with the other 8-inch Bay Trail and Windows 8.1 tablets. The tablet has a 2-megapixel front camera and a 5-megapixel back camera.

The Bay Trail chip has four processor cores and on-chip graphics technology to improve video rendition. Miix2 has storage capacity of up to 128GB, and a MicroSD slot expands storage capacity by 32GB.

Other features include 2GB of low-power DDR3 memory and Bluetooth 4.0. Optional 3G connectivity will be available in some countries.

The tablet will come with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013. Lenovo did not immediately comment on worldwide availability.

The Miix2 joins a growing market of Windows 8.1 tablets with Intel's Bay Trail chips, with starting prices ranging from $299 to $350. The other 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablets include Dell's Venue 8 Pro, which starts at $299, and Toshiba's Encore, which starts at $329.99. Asustek Computer and Hewlett-Packard have announced 10-inch Bay Trail tablets.

Intel this week said 10 Bay Trail tablets and hybrids with Windows 8.1 and Android will reach shelves by next month.

Agam Shah covers PCs, tablets, servers, chips and semiconductors for IDG News Service. Follow Agam on Twitter at @agamsh. Agam's e-mail address is agam_shah@idg.com

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