Lenovo today unveiled its new 2-in-1 laptop and tablet hybrid called the MIIX 700, and it’s a dead ringer for the Microsoft Surface. At the device’s core is a powerful tablet with a sturdy kickstand, which can be combined with a magnetic keyboard when it’s time to be productive.
At first glance, many would assume the MIIX 700 is a Surface tablet — it looks that similar. But its similarities make the MIIX 700 a worthy contender to Microsoft’s premium 2-in-1, and it brings some nice advantages — one of which is its keyboard.
The MIIX 700’s keyboard looks like it was pulled right from another Lenovo laptop, with decently sized keys that are well spaced, and a large trackpad. Just like the Surface’s Type Cover, it can sit flat on your desk, or attach to the front of the MIIX 700 magnetically for angled typing.
The MIIX 700 is also cheaper than the Surface Pro 3 with a $699 starting price, but its internals aren’t quite as exciting. The device is powered by an Intel Core M7 processor with up to 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, and a 12-inch display with a 2160×1440 resolution.
There are also 5-megapixel cameras on both the front and back of the MIIX 700, and users can connect an Intel RealSense Camera that will allow them to log into Windows 10 simply by looking at it.
The MIIX 700 will make its debut in November.