A day before IFA 2017 starts, Lenovo has announced the follow-up to last year’s Miix 510. The device is a 2-in-1 in which its screen is detachable from its keyboard base. The company is positioning the device as basically an all-arounder as they tout it’s good for work, home, and entertainment.
For instance, the Miix 520 offers plenty of hardware for productivity. It packs Intel’s 8th-generation Core i processors up to a Core i7 paired with 8GB of memory and 256GB of SSD storage. There’s a 12.2-inch Full HD touch display, Dolby Audio, a USB-A port, a USB-C port, an SD card reader, and an optional SIM card slot for LTE connectivity. The device is also compatible with Lenovo’s new Active Pen 2 which features 4,096 levels of sensitivity and a shortcut button to bring up a different app on your computer.
For productivity-focused consumers who use content creation software, Lenovo is also including 3D cameras on the Miix 520 for scanning objects into Paint 3D, Microsoft’s updated alternative to Paint on Windows 10. The rear camera lets you take a normal photo and then edit it in 3D. The feature’s there for anyone who wants/needs to use it, but I’m not really sure how useful it can prove to be. (It’s worth mentioning this functionality will require the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update which will be released on October 17th, 2017.)
The Miix 520 also looks to be pretty portable for home and entertainment purposes. Since the keyboard is removable, you can just use the screen as a giant tablet for watching Netflix or YouTube, while it’s made of an all-metal unibody and weighs 880 grams (less than two pounds) with a 9.9mm thin form factor. Overall, this device should feel similar to what Microsoft’s Surface Pro feels like in your hand.
As some final tidbits, the Miix 520 also includes a fingerprint scanner for Windows Hello, far-field interactions with Cortana using your voice, and a hinge using Lenovo’s signature watchband mechanism. The device will go on sale this October starting at $999.99. Both the keyboard and Active Pen 2 will be included.