Move over Microsoft, Chinese rival (and hardware partner, as it were) Lenovo has another potential Surface killer on its hands. This time it's the Miix 710, a rather sleek looking detachable sporting a 12.2-inch In Plane Switching (IPS) display with a 2160x1440 resolution (3:2 aspect ratio) powered by Intel's recently introduced Kaby Lake architecture.
Like the Surface , Lenovo gives users a limited range of passively cooled processor options. In this case, users can choose from an Intel Core m3-7Y30 SoC (1GHz to 2.6GHz), Core i5-7Y54 (1.2GHz to 3.2GHz), and Core i7-7Y75 (1.3GHz to 3.6GHz). All three processor options are dual-core parts with Hyper Threading support, 4MB of SmartCache, and a mere 4.5W TDP (configurable up to 7W). Where they differ (slightly) is in graphics performance—each one boasts Intel HD Graphics 615 with a base frequency of 300MHz, but the max frequency is 900MHz on the Core M3-7Y30, 950MHz on the Core i5-7Y54, and 1.05GHz on the Core i7-7Y76.
Lenovo's newest 2-in-1 devices will bring 4GB to 8GB of RAM to the detachable party, along with 256GB and 512GB PCIe-based solid state drive storage. It's not clear if other storage options will be available as well—all of this information is based on a Google translation of German-language website WinFuture, which got its mitts on a handful of marketing materials from Lenovo France.
Curiously the site lists the Miix 710 as having 802.11n dual-band Wi-Fi instead of the faster (and now common) 802.11ac flavor. We have to think that's a mistake, given that the rest of the Miix 710 is fleshed out with modern specs. Wireless connectivity will also consist of Bluetooth 4.0 and optional LTE.
Other features include a 5-megapixel cameras on the front and back with optional Intel RealSense support, micro HDMI output, a USB 3.0 port, headphone jack, and a 40Wh battery that's good for up to nine hours of run time.
The Miix 710 is said to weigh 750 grams with a waistline that tops out at 9mm. Another 330 grams is added if using the keyboard, which attaches by way of magnets on the bottom of the tablet.
There's no word on when the Miix 710 will launch to retail, when it might be available in the U.S., and for how much.