Hybrids are everywhere right now, but Lenovo has just announced one at IFA 2016 worth paying attention to. While it, like many other hybrids, rightfully deserves to be introduced as a Microsoft Surface 4 clone, the Lenovo Miix 510 has enough going for it that it’s a lot more than a shadow of the Surface.
First up is the fact that the Miix 510 comes with both a stylus and a detachable keyboard included in the box. Not even the more expensive Surface does that. But, like the Microsoft Surface, the Miix 510 runs Windows 10 and supports a variety of working positions thanks to its built-in kickstand and the powerful magnets used to attach the keyboard.
Despite the smaller number in its name, the Miix 510 is a more powerful 2-in-1 than its predecessor, the Miix 700. It makes the upgrade to a 6th generation Intel Core i7 Skylake chip from the Core M processor in the Miix 700. (If you’re looking for the even more powerful 7th gen. Kaby Lake processor you’ll unfortunately have to look elsewhere.)
The only downside of the better chipset is that it isn’t fanless like the Core M, so the Miix 510 will be a little noisier thanks to the need for fan cooling. You’ll also see plenty of vent action in the Miix 510 design.
Its metal build and that funky metallic “watch band” hinge for the kickstand give the Miix 510 a premium feel, allowing it to hold its own against the laptops it is positioned to replace – or at least complement. The full version of Windows 10 (up to Pro) ensures it is fully capable on the software front too.
The keyboard is nice and spacious too, with plenty of travel (1.5mm) in the keys, making it quite comfortable to type on. It’s a shame that the included keyboard isn’t backlit, but Lenovo does have an optional extra available. It connects quickly and easily with a four-pin connector and works instantly. The stylus and touchscreen adds a further dimension to the Miix 510’s adaptability.
The display itself is a 12.2-inch IPS with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 pixels, which you can detach from the keyboard for use as a more portable, but still relatively hefty, 1.98 pound (900 grams) tablet. Combined with the keyboard, the Miix 510 weighs 2.65 pounds (1.25 kilograms) which is pretty good compared to a laptop.
As for the rest of the Miix 510 specs, there’s a 128 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB storage version, with microSD expansion and anywhere between 4 GB to 8 GB of RAM. It supports both 802.11 ac Wi-Fi and optional LTE if you want to have data wherever you go.
On the left hand side you’ll find a USB Type-C and USB 3.0 port as well as a headphone jack. Bluetooth 4.0 is on-board and you can upgrade to Intel HD 520 graphics.
The Miix 510 has a pair of cameras, with a 2 MP front-facing camera that’ll get the job done (just) for video conferencing and an equally unexciting 5 MP camera on the back. But taking photos with a tablet is a thing no one should do anyway.
According to Lenovo, the Miix 510’s battery will get you between 7.5-8 hours of battery life and you can use the Miix 510 to reverse-charge other devices, even when it is asleep.
The Lenovo Miix 510 price is $599/€699/£699 starting in October with pre-orders available now from Lenovo’s website.
If you’re looking for a super-light and portable Windows 10 machine with a lot of flexibility, the Miix 510 is a pretty solid option.