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Lenovo’s Miix 630 joins the ranks of Snapdragon-powered devices with all-day battery life

By Koh Wanzi - on 9 Jan 2018, 10:25am

Lenovo’s Miix 630 joins the ranks of Snapdragon-powered devices with all-day battery life

Lenovo Miix 630

Lenovo today announced the Miix 630 at CES 2018, a brand new 2-in-1 PC that is part of a new breed of always-connected notebooks with all-day battery life. Powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor, the Miix 630 joins a small but growing club of notebooks that also includes models from ASUS and HP.

Here’s an overview of its specifications:

  • 12.3-inch 1,920 x 1,280-pixel display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • 8GB of LPDDR4X memory
  • 256GB UFS 2.1 storage
  • 293 x 210 x 7.3mm (without keyboard)
  • 770g (without keyboard)

One subtle point to take note of is the use of LPDDR4X memory chips. These are relatively new, and they boast faster performance, and more importantly, lower power consumption than LPDDR4 memory.

And like other ARM-powered PCs, the Miix 630 runs on Windows 10 S, which slightly limits your experience right out of the box. For instance, you’ll only be able to install apps from the Windows 10 app store, so you don’t get as much choice of things like web browsers.

The good news is that you’re not stuck, and you can upgrade to Windows 10 Pro if you want.

One of the standout features of the device is the keyboard, or rather how good it feels. It’s quite rigid for a detachable keyboard, and there’s good key travel distance that makes for quite an enjoyable typing experience.

Lenovo Miix 630

In fact, the keyboard is part of a folio case that also comes with an integrated kickstand. The stand folds all the way down when not in use, where it serves as a protective covering for the back of the tablet.

Lenovo Miix 630

The Miix 630 is promising up to 20 hours of video playback on its 48Wh battery, on par with what ASUS and HP are offering.

In addition to support for Gigabit LTE, the Miix 630 also comes with embedded eSIM capability and a nanoSIM slot. While there aren’t many ways to take advantage of eSIM yet, it’s still a nice forward-looking feature to have.

But given how thin the device is, it’s a bit lacking in terms of ports. Still, you do get a USB-C connector, an SD card reader, and an audio combo jack.

The bundled stylus has 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity, and while that isn’t quite cutting-edge, it’s more than enough for things like sketching and notetaking.

The Miix 630 is slated to hit shelves in Q2 2018 at a starting price of US$799.99.