Lenovo Miix 630 2-in-1 Detachable Runs Windows 10 S on Qualcomm Snapdragon 835

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Lenovo Miix 630 is joining other Qualcomm 835 powered always-on always connected Windows 10 PCs such as HP Envy x2 2017, and ASUS Novago TP370. Like its peers, the 2-in-1 laptop supports both WiFi and LTE connectivity, and promises ultra-long battery life for example up to 20 hours of local video playback.

The device also includes a digital pen with 1024 levels of sensitivity, and a backlit keyboard. Another similarity is a high price, as Miix 630 pricing with keyboard and  digital pen will start at $799.99 in Q2 2018.

Lenovo Miix 630 preliminary specifications:

  • SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor @ up to 2.6GHz with Adreno 540 GPU
  • System memory – 4GB RAM
  • Storage – 128GB UFS 2.0 storage
  • Display – 12.3″ WUXGA (1920×1200) touchscreen display
  • Audio – Speaker and microphone (support for Cortana)
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Connectivity – 4G LTE and WiFi
  • Camera – Infrared camera compatible with Windows Hello
  • Battery – good for up to 20 hours of local video playback
  • Dimensions – 15.6mm thickness (with keyboard)
  • Weight – 1.33 kg

If you’re not too happy running Windows 10 S with its better security but serious limitations, Lenovo allows you to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro at no cost within 180 days after Windows activation, however they note that the offer is subject to availability and may vary by market.

Those Windows Arm laptops are quite expensive, so we’ll have to see how they perform, but initial prototype benchmarks show results varying from Cherry Trail to Core M3 performance, so I doubt they become that popular, unless people are ready to pay up a few hundred dollars extra for the very long battery life and LTE connectivity.

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My Ubuntu tablet has become an indispensable part of my daily routine, but it being EOL, chances are I’ll be in the market for one of these win10 devices this year. I’m leaning toward the 2-in-1 again, but Asus has the 180 hinge and the better prices (so $800 for the 8GB version, given my motto is the more RAM the better)

I guess at the end of the day my decision will be swayed by which win10 ARM device gets linux first ; )

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Seems that Google started work on 845 based chromebook, and I would expect a good Linux support. The board overlay is called “cheza”.

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I think outside of crouton it’s actually quite difficult to get Linux running on Chromebooks. The ARM GPU drivers are usually the first issue

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@davidlt
Thanks for the heads-up. I’ve been considering chrombooks before, but each time I was close to getting one an issue or two dissuaded me from taking the step. From the notorious GPU driver issues, to mechanical design issues, to close-but-no-cigar specs. Actually, this time the perfect (for my needs) hw setup + LTE are the definitive draw for me. I know I’ll be having the same GPU driver issues as with every other ‘rooted’ (or heck, ‘officially supported’ — who needs 64bit, eh, canonical?) device, but in the worst-cast scenario I can always go mingw (I expect an arm64 port to show up sooner than later). And I’m a patient person, so I’ll hopefully live to see full-fledged linux desktop on these machines : )

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..It just stuck me all those machines will have Adreno GPUs.

/performs victory dance