Lenovo Introduces Its First Ever Always Connected PC

Posted on January 8, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Hardware, Windows, Windows 10 with 11 Comments

Lenovo is finally letting the cat out of the bag. Today, the company is finally revealing its Always Connected PC powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor. Always Connected PCs are devices running Windows on ARM powered by ARM processors from Qualcomm. These devices include LTE connectivity, and promise to offer up to 20 hours of battery life.

Lenovo’s first Always Connected PC, the Miix 630, is a $799 2-in-1 device that comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and the integrated Adreno 540 GPU. The device comes with LTE connectivity, Windows Hello support, up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage. The display is a 12.3-inch panel with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass. The device looks really nice, too — it’s only 7.3mm thin and weighs only 770 grams.

Lenovo’s Miix 630 is included with a stylus, but that only has 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity, which is far less from the 4,096 sensitivity levels that you get on the Surface Pen or Lenovo’s own Pro Pen.

Like the other Always Connected PCs, Lenovo’s Miix 630 promises to offer up to 20 hours of battery life with its 48Wh battery. But your mileage will obviously vary depending on your usage. Windows on ARM is, however, built for long battery life so you will still get some amazing battery life and standby performance out of the Miix 630.

Always Connected PCs ship with Windows 10 S out of the box, and the Miix 630 is no different here. So yes, you will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for free if you aren’t a fan of Windows 10 S. Either way, Lenovo will start selling the Miix 630 sometime around April/March of this year for $799.

We will be checking out the Miix 630 at CES, make sure to keep an eye out for hands-on pictures and videos.

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Comments (11)

11 responses to “Lenovo Introduces Its First Ever Always Connected PC”

  1. Daishi

    Seriously, can we stop with all the stupid floppy keyboards with kickstands or oragami cases? They're all awful.

    Just give these things a proper keyboard dock and let them actually be a usable laptop.

  2. Jeremy Petzold

    Does it have Thunderbolt 3?

  3. Stooks

    "So yes, you will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for free if you aren’t a fan of Windows 10 S"

    Hopefully when Microsoft or whomever actually sells these devices they will be WAY MORE clear than your statement above or they are going to quickly have another Windows RT situation with customers.

    This is Window 10 S and Windows 10 Pro FOR ARM. Huge difference when you go to run some software you may have and it does NOT work because it has not been ported to Windows 10 for ARM or the emulation for that app is not yet ready (if ever).

    Even if emulation is ready for the app you want to run we really, really, really need to see some benchmarks. The tech world is holding its breath for this Windows 10 on ARM until they see the results of emulation and the performance impact.

    • jimchamplin

      In reply to Stooks:

      A decade ago, Apple’s Rosetta binary translation layer provided acceptable performance when running PPC code on trashy Core Solo and Core Duo CPUs, and on faster bits, it was quite nice. Not as fast as native code, but not bad.

  4. Tony Barrett

    I still don't think these things will sell, and Microsoft aren't helping the situation by having such a confusing range of Windows 10 devices. The consumer just will not have a clue. 'Always on device' doesn't mean anything, and the average person just buys a PC expecting it to work with everything - now we've got ARM and x86 devices, with little to differentiate them other than a lot of software just won't work. Oh yeah, it's real expensive too isn't it? I know it's a 2-in-1, but these things need to be way cheaper to stand a chance.

  5. Marius Muntean

    :)))) 800$ for a low performance device, with a mediocre locked down OS. Good luck selling that to a bunch of dumb fanboys.

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