Lenovo has started to sell its Miix 630 always-connected PC based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 SoC and Microsoft’s Windows 10 S. The system weighs around 1.4 kilograms yet promises up to 20 hours of battery life with a perminent connection to the internet when in cell-tower coverage.
Lenovo’s Miix 630 is a 2-in-1 detachable notebook with a 12.3-inch FHD+ display and a 15.6 mm z-height when equipped with a keyboard. The system is outfitted with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 SoC, 4 GB of LPDDR4-1866 memory, 128 GB of UFS 2.1 storage, 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, and an integrated Gigabit LTE modem. Since the Miix 630 uses a mobile SoC, it is always connected to a 4G/LTE network and offers a very long battery life because it is equipped with a laptop-class 48 Wh battery: Lenovo rates the system for 20 hours of video playback at 150 nits screen brightness.
The 2-in-1 comes with Microsoft’s Windows 10 S, but there is an option to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for free within the first 180-days after initial registration. Since the Snapdragon 835 is designed to be more space and efficient than the competition, the Miix 630 is rated to work significantly longer than the vast majority of ultra-thin notebooks.
As reported previously, the platform supports applications through the Windows Store that are natively compiled for the S835, as well as non-native 32-bit apps through machine translation. Qualcomm is still in the middle of developing its 64-bit SDK, as well as looking into translation of non-native 64-bit apps. We covered the topic when Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 850. For some power users, this may be a limitation at this time, however most regular program suites for business use are ready and operational for full performance.
Lenovo charges $899.99 for the Miix 630 product, which is the price that Microsoft charges for its entry-level Surface Pro 4 2-in-1 that is powered by Intel’s Core m3-6Y30 SoC.
Lenovo’s Miix 630 is now available both directly from Lenovo as well as from retailers like Amazon.
|The Lenovo Miix 630|
|CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
4 x Kryo 280 Performance (2.45 GHz)
4 x Kryo Efficiency (1.9 GHz)
|Graphics||Adreno 540 GPU at 710 MHz|
|Storage||128 GB + microSD|
|Wi-Fi||2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi|
|WWAN||Qualcomm X16 Gigabit LTE|
|USB||3.0||1 × Type-C|
|Cameras||Front||5 MP with IR and Windows Hello|
|Other I/O||Microphone, stereo speakers, audio jack, trackpad, card reader, etc.|
|Battery Life||20 hours|
|Dimensions||Width||293 mm | 11.5″|
|Height||210 mm | 8.2″|
|Thickness||15.6 mm | 0.6″ w/ keyboard|
|Weight||1.39 kilograms | 2.93 lbs|