Lenovo Launches 8-inch Miix2 Tablet with Bay Trail-T, Windows 8.1 for $299

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Perplexing Man

Although I'm an avid user of Windows via laptops and PCs I have yet to be interested in going mobile with them.

I am currently using a cheap android tablet which suits me just fine, however it lacks the familiarity that Windows brings due to the years of use. Although I am an avid user of Linux as well so it's no big deal but there is a few things I like about Windows compared to Linux.

I am curios to know if a tablet is like a PC? By this I mean is there a way to wipe the drive and place a different system on it while having the ability to reformat to Windows once more if needed?

Truthfully I'd kill for the chance to be able to dual boot windows and Linux mint, however if I can't dual boot but switch the primary OS to a Linux distro while retaining the ability to go back to Windows if needed would be fine.

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misterz100

It's a x86 system for sure you can dual boot whatever you want or wipe it, it's a portably PC bascially without the keyboard.
Wether or not Linux will have the full functionality is a different story.

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fung0

"..., it also comes pre-installed with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013."

Full version? Demo version? Cloud version? It just seems unlikely, given Microsoft's Office line-up, that they'd actually give away a version you can keep without eventually paying a monthly fee...

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KJohnBoom

Microsoft has been offering "Office Home and Student 2013" On devices with screens 10" or smaller for several months now. it is an Incentive to get people into the new class of smaller devices, They feel it gives them an advantage over "Other" Tablets and Devices at the same price point. In other words: Microsoft takes the hit with Office to keep people in the Microsoft Family (Read:Please Buy Windows 8)

In a world that has been dominated mostly by Apple (Ipad) and Google (Android) Microsoft needed something to put them ahead. Including Office may be the deciding factor for some buyers.

Yes it is a Full Version. No you can not transfer it to another device :)

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gamingwithnetbooks

Isn't eMMC really slow? Like <3 MB/s slow?

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Hey.That_Dude

eMMC is just the SD card standard but embedded. So it's like running windows on an SD card... who knows. UHS-2 is fairly fast, but this could go horribly wrong.
Where is the uSata?

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jason2393

Windows + Office = 22GB... that's not a lot of space left over for files on a 32GB drive... I'm having trouble working with a mere 120GB on my laptop.

I like those Bay Trails. Any word on which one it is? I'd like to know how it performs.

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neo1piv14

The addition of the SD slot helps mitigate that at least. Even if it only supports 32GB cards, you can get 32GB of Class 10 storage for dirt cheap these days, and that's plenty to put music, downloads, or some movies on the device. Considering the price point, and considering it's an actual x86 device, it just found itself near the top of my "tablets I'd actually buy" list.

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jason2393

I hadn't thought about the SD slot. That makes things better. I agree, it's tempting, but I would like to know how the CPU performs before I get too excited.

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Innomasta

So when it says windows 8.1... are we meaning full fledged X86 support or is this an ARM type deal

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big_montana

Lenovo does offer RT devices anymore. Plus this processor is an Atom, so it would be Win 8, not RT.

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Innomasta

That's awesome. BRB buying one

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legionera

Only if it had MS' flat keyboard and a digitizer, oh man... Why is everybody half-assing what I need in my daily life... :(