CES2017: Lenovo MIIX 720 Challenges the Microsoft Surface Pro
Convertibles, 2-in-1s, Crossovers. A new class of productivity-focused, portability centric devices which was first polished by Microsoft with the Microsoft Surface series of devices has now become common place in the market with nearly every PC and laptop manufacturer offering their own iteration. Lenovo is no different, nor is the company a stranger to the upcoming class of devices. In fact, Lenovo is one of the first manufacturers to have a commercial product to take on the Surface head on with its Lenovo MIIX 520.
This year, Lenovo is refreshing its MIIX lineup with a much-needed upgrade. The Lenovo MIIX 720 does away with the Intel Core m-series which powered its predecessor, the MIIX 700, in favour of the latest 7th generation i7 processors. The newer Intel i7-7500U brings increased power efficiency over the previous generation. In addition, it also brings a more capable integrated graphics chip with the Intel HD 620. The MIIX 720 also comes with up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM and up to 1TB storage utilising the more power PCIe SSD.
The 2-in-1 PC/Tablet will also come with a 5-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and a 1-megapixel, front-facing camera with infrared sensors. The front facing camera supports facial recognition via Windows Hello. It also comes with a dual array microphone for better video calls. The Lenovo MIIX 720 also comes with Integrated Dolby® enabled stereo speakers and an integrated 3.5mm audio jack.
It has a 12-inch Quad HD+ (QHD+) display with a resolution of 2880×1920 pixels. The 4:3 aspect ratio of the display gives it a pixel density of 288 pixels per inch (PPI). The screen is protected with an overlay of Corning Gorilla® Glass. The battery of the Lenovo MIIX 720 is a capable 41Wh battery which is claimed to be able to power the MIIX 720 for up to 8 hours.
The L.enovo MIIX 720 sees a more refined design of Lenovo’s signature watchband hinge. Lenovo promises that the updated hinge in the 720 will have an overall smoother rotation and firmer rigidity on its up-to 150° rotation. The MIIX 720 weighs only 780g with the dimensions of 292×210×8.9mm. There is some speculation that the increased weight may point to Lenovo including active cooling elements to the 720.
The Surface Pro is outdone by the Lenovo MIIX 720 when it comes to the number of USB ports available on the device. The MIIX 720 will come with one USD 3.1 Type-C port, one USB 3.0 port and one USD 2.0 port. In addition to an improved number of ports, the Lenovo MIIX 720 also comes with the backlit keyboard accessory out of the box as well as the Lenovo Active Pen.
The first wave of devices will come with the current generation of the Lenovo Active Pen while the following batches will see an upgrade to the Lenovo Active Pen 2. The Lenovo Active Pen 2 will bring added functionality with a shortcut button for Windows Ink as well as an increase in sensitivity to 4096 levels of sensitivity.
The Lenovo MIIX 720 will be available starting April 2017 in the U.S. starting at USD$999.99 (RM4,472.96) in two colours: Iron Gray and Champagne Gold. There is no word as of yet on global availability.