Lenovo’s Miix 720 seems to be a better Surface Pro

Lenovo has updated the last year’s Miix 700; the Miix 720 brings hardware updates on the inside but stays quite familiar on the outside.

The Miix series of 2-in-1 convertible tablets have always resembled Microsoft’s Surface Pro – it’s a tablet first, but with a detachable keyboard; Lenovo isn’t changing that, but it is improving on what Microsoft offers.

The Outside

Lenovo’s first and foremost focus was to maintain mobility; the tablet weighs a mere 780 grams and is only 8.9mm thick. That might not impress you until you look at the 12-inch QHD+ (2880 x 1920) 400-nit display with a 3:2 aspect ratio.

Since this is a tablet, the display is, of course, a touchscreen; Lenovo also made a new ‘Active Pen’ to go along with the tablet, simply called the Active Pen 2.

It has two improvements: first, there’s now a button you can program to do whatever you want; second, there new pen now offers 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity – double of the first version.

On the sides, the tablet has air vents to cool the insides and a few ports that we will talk about in a moment.

On the back, however, there’s a clever little kickstand; the stand offers 150 degrees of rotation and is “smoother and more rigid” according to Lenovo. The back also has a 5-megapixel camera, if you like holding a giant tablet in the air to take a photograph.

Going back to the front; Lenovo has also added a 1-megapixel Windows Hello-compliant webcam so that you can log in to the PC with just your face.

The Keyboard

The keyboard, of course, is detachable, but Lenovo hasn’t slacked with it. It’s a full-sized keyboard with fully backlit keys and a 1.5mm key travel time.

The keyboard connects to the tablet with some sort of proprietary magnetic wizardry; though, you will have to rely on the tablet’s kickstand on the back, to hold it in place.

With the keyboard attached, the combination weighs 1.1 kg and is 14.6mm thick.

The Inside

Lenovo has crammed into the tablet an unspecified Intel 7th generation Core i7 processor and relies on the integrated HD Graphics 620 to power that display.

The RAM and storage come in various options; RAM goes up to 16 GB of DDR4, while the storage goes up to 1 TB of SSD.

The battery inside is 41 WHr, and Lenovo claims it can deliver up to 8 hours of battery life. The Active Pen has its own AAA batteries.

Unfortunately – unlike Lenovo’s ThinkPad laptops – the Miix 720 is not using the Signature Edition of Windows 10; rather, it comes with quite a lot of bloatware from Lenovo.

The Ports

Unlike some of the other laptops announced at CES, the Miix 720 has a couple of USB-A ports – you can use your existing USB devices without a USB-C adapter.

However, there is a single USB-C port as well; this port supports Thunderbolt 3 and is also how you charge the tablet. The Thunderbolt 3 port can also be used with the docks Lenovo announced earlier for its ThinkPad series laptops.

Lastly, there’s a microSD card slot, and a 3.5mm audio jack.

Pricing & Availability

Lenovo expects to start selling the Miix 720 starting from April of 2017; priced at $1,000, Lenovo is offering the tablet in two colors: Champagne Gold and Iron Gray.

At that price, Lenovo is also bundling the backlit keyboard; the Active Pen might be bundled – or might not be – depending on the region. It would be best to check the local retailers for that.

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