Specs for Lenovo’s Miix 520 leaked, confirms cheaper Surface alternative

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We all remember the IFA where Lenovo unveiled its Surface look-alike, a two-in-one device by the name of the Miix 510. Now, the company’s latest addition to their Miix line has garnered positive feedback from critics and consumers alike.

Its successor, the Miix 520 according to leaked images from WinFuture, suggests it will be massively inspired by the Miix 510’s design but will include:

  • Intel’s new Kaby Lake processor U series (7th Gen) processors,  clocked at up to 2.7GHz
  • a bump in DDR4 RAM from 8GB to 16GB over the 510,
  • a fingerprint sensor,
  • a 41 Wh battery,
  • an increase in battery life to 10 hours on a single charge,
  • one USB 3.0 port, two USB Type-C ports,
  • a 12.3-inch full HD display with a resolution of 1920×1200 pixels, protected by Gorilla Glass,
  • support for Wacom technology and 2048 levels of pressure, and
  • 1TB of SSD storage

Not too bad for a cheaper alternative to the Surface line.

Its camera specs are commendable ones as well, featuring an 8MP and a 2MP camera on the back for augmented reality applications. For the front facing, there is a fine 5MP camera.

Judging from its specifications, they don’t really mark this device as a new innovation but rather just an upgrade from its predecessor with brawnier aspects. Of course, the major and the most notable upgrade here is that the device runs Kaby Lake processors — more specifically, a Core i7-7500U, Core i5-7200U, and Core i3-7100U, which is a huge selling point.

To many’s surprise, Lenovo will opt only for passive cooling and do away with noisy fans, something that’s possible due it the Kaby Lake U-series processors.

The Miix 510 is shipping now and starts at $599 with Intel’s 6th generation Core i7 chip. As for the upcoming Miix 52o which is still under development, the details on the release date and pricing specification are pretty lean but it will most likely be officially launched at CES 2017 which is just over a month away.

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