The Lenovo Miix 630 Is yet Another 2-In-1 to Hop on Board the Snapdragon Train

The perks of being a compact laptop have gone from grand to absolutely fabulous since 2018 began. Yes, we heard plenty of rumors from Microsoft, who stated they would be offering “Always Connected PC” technology in computers, but it wasn’t only that drawing ears and eyes across the tech universe. The incredibly powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipsets are not only sneaking their way into ultraportables and 2-in-1 tablet and laptops, but are now compatible with the Windows 10 OS for the first time. Following suit to two other releases (so far) this year, Lenovo announced its first laptop running this new hardware and software.

It’s the new Lenovo Miix 630 hybrid, and with a starting price of just $799, this is the cheapest Windows 10 laptop running Snapdragon announced into the market thus far. Available in multiple configurations, this is a nice custom piece, but not as premium as the recently disclosed HP Envy x2 or Asus NovaGo. If you have a clue what a Snapdragon chipset inside of a laptop means, remember what the “Always Connected PC” puts you in store for- Gigabit connectivity everywhere you go, and with Qualcomm, for up to a whopping 20 hours of battery life.

Described as yet another Surface Clone (perhaps one day, there will be an actual Surface Pro featuring Snapdragon?), Lenovo’s Miix 630 could be the next best thing. Also sporting a similar design to the previously mentioned HP Envy 2, this guy is even more of a Surface duplicate- probably because of its 12.3-inch display, and 1920 x 1280 resolution. Its dimensions include 11.5 x 9.2 x 0.6 inches, and a weight of 2.9 pounds. The screen and keyboard base are detachable, so if you want to be in tablet mode, go right ahead. As far as the kickstand, which is included, it folds up instead of down. Take all of those options, add in a stylus with 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity, and this is just as versatile and multi-functional as its supposed clone.

Said to release by 2018’s second quarter, the laptop’s multiple configurations (both sporting the Snapdragon 835 CPU processor, of course) begin at 4GB of RAM, and either 64GB or 128GB of storage, or the option of 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Ports are limited because of the smaller form-factor here, but nonetheless include a USB Type-C, an SD card reader, headphone jack, and Nano SIM card slot. There’s even an embedded eSIM card in case your carrier is congruent to that option.

So, accessory connections aren’t as plentiful as you may want, as having just a single USB Type-C port is on the low side. You’ll have to choose to either charge, or connect to a peripheral at that point. Luckily, with the 20 hours of battery life, there is time to use that port in the ways you prefer. Another bummer is no microSD card slot, which equals no easy connecting for extra storage if you need it. However, being Windows 10-compatible to this Qualcomm-powered 2-in-1 means the useful Windows Hello feature works with the Miix 630’s webcam (Cortana is always fun, too). That, and users can upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for full desktop applications, including third-party apps, for no charge. As the third device seen running Windows 10S and an ARM chip, expect to see more any second. I can’t wait until this begins dominating the lower-end PC market, as these notebooks are already trumping hugely popular machines like the Dell XPS 15 9560, and Apple’s MacBook Pro (in the sense of all-day connectivity, and battery life) . This is a beautiful marriage, Qualcomm technology and Microsoft’s software. It ultimately means LTE is built directly into your device thanks to the same chip seen in high-end phones. However, how a smartphone CPU can handle a powerful laptop is beyond me.

Topics: Technology News Convergence & Convertible Hybrid PCs Laptop Trends Laptops & Ultrathin Ultrabooks Tablets Tech Reviews

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