Lenovo launches ARM-powered Miix 630 for $899
The third entry in the initial round of Windows 10 on ARM PCs is now available for $899.
Lenovo has lagged behind HP and ASUS (opens in new tab) in bringing its first Windows 10 on ARM PC to market, but it's finally catching up. The Lenovo Miix 630, which is built on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 platform, is now available for $899 (opens in new tab).
Like its HP and Asus counterparts, the main highlight of the Miix 630 is the Snapdragon 835 platform. The chip is extremely power efficient, allowing the Miix 630 to hit battery life estimates of upwards of 20 hours. It also enables a persistent LTE connection, along with instant-on capabilities, which let you immediately power up from standby mode – much like how your smartphone works.
In terms of its other raw specs, the Miix 630 includes a 12.3-inch 1920x1080 IPS touch display, 128GB of storage, and 4GB of RAM. There's also a 5MP front-facing camera, as well as a 13MP rear shooter. The design of the device is similar to Microsoft's Surface line, using a detachable keyboard in combination with a kickstand to stay propped up. There's also a USB-C port on board for charging and data, along with a microSD card slot.
Due to the need for an emulation layer to run traditional desktop apps, the first generation of Windows 10 on ARM devices don't quite match their Intel counterparts in terms of performance, but they're a solid start and should work well for most tasks. Expect further iterations built on the upcoming Snapdragon 850 and further chips to come much closer to matching typical laptop performance.
The Lenovo Miix 630 is available now from Amazon, the Microsoft Store, and Lenovo for $899.
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Sprint has the right idea, enticing you with essentially 6 months of free data and that would be the impulse buy winner here if the price was $450 instead of $900. Same goes for the HP and Asus models.....
I am not saying that you cannot possibly build a cheap ARM based device with weaker SoC say at the performance level of the Surface Go - but currently Microsoft only supports the higher end ARM SoCs.
I am also convinced, that for less than 100$ more than the Surface Go Microsoft could have released a Snapdragon 845/950 based devices - which i would have considered the best strategic move.
Besides its not Microsoft who determines the prices but the OEMs. In this particular case i am extremely happy, that premium ARM devices are available - because i would never buy anything less.
Would it be better if there would be more ARM devices at lower price points? Sure - if this comes as addition to these premium devices - why not? But saying these devices are too expensive is just stupid - you should rather complain about missing cheaper options.
Of course as with most premium devices, they shift less volume than the budget devices. Before i bought the HP Envy X2 i was using an iPad Pro LTE - hardly a bargain either.
If (when) they release an ARM-based Surface it will become interesting and I will be waiting for that one instead of the partner versions. Got burned already with a Miix 700, so no matter the rave reviews I will steer clear from Lenovo from now on.
Dan, did you hear anything about a Microsoft ARM device so far?