First Look: Lenovo’s Snapdragon Powered Miix 630

Posted on January 9, 2018 by Brad Sams in Hardware with 10 Comments

Back in December, it was announced that Lenovo would unveil their ARM-based laptop at CES and here it is in the flesh. If you are looking for the spec breakdown, make sure to check out our post here, as this is a quick look at the new hardware.

This machine feels like nearly any other Lenovo and I would bet that if you didn’t know any better, you would think that this was running an Intel chip under the hood. The performance, in our limited testing, was snappy for basic tasks but when we would load up a bunch of applications, you could tell that this is not a high-horsepower machine.

But that’s ok, these devices are designed for long battery life and everything we are hearing is telling us that 20hrs really is achievable out of this hardware. Of course, until we get one into our own hands for an extended time, I’ll still be skeptical of that claim but early impressions are solid for this style of PC.

The keyboard has the same tactile feel that you get on other Lenovo laptops and Surface-Pro like devices; overall, this is a quality piece of hardware but I do wish that it would ship with a Snapdragon 845 instead of the older 835.

These machines are still in their infancy but I do have a lot of hope that they will finally bring consistently longer battery life to lower priced machines. Look for a much more in-depth review once we get our review unit but for now, here’s a quick video of the device in action.

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10 responses to “First Look: Lenovo’s Snapdragon Powered Miix 630”

  1. Daishi

    At the risk of repeating myself, enough with the terrible kickstand and floppy keyboard thing already!

  2. RobertJasiek

    I can tolerate the limitations of the CPU but not the mirroring display. If the manufacturers do not want to offer matte display versions, at the very least they ought to do what Apple has been doing for 2.5 years: reduce the reflectance to 2% or less. A so called mobile device must be suitable mobile, which also means outdoors in the sun with indirect sunlight. This one feature doubles the usefulness of any mobile device. There is no excuse whatsoever for a strongly mirroring display. A mirror is a design failure.

  3. Jeffery Commaroto

    A few things you love about your phone bundled into everything you hate about your PC. No thank you.

  4. Edward Grego

    I really don't understand the hype behind and always connected Windows machine!?

    Yes, it's always connected, that's great for something you carry around all the time. This machine will have lack luster performance, have great battery life and always be connected. In contrast, my iPhone has great battery life, is easy to carry constantly, is always connected and performs great, so why do I need this device? Do I need it to check email, send and receive text, make calls, listen to music, take pictures??? I've never said to myself, "if only my Surface was always connected", not once in all the past years of owning them, so why the hype?

  5. ben55124

    They will have great battery life until manufacturers realize they could cut the battery in half and still match intel battery life -- which is what their customers really want -- a slightly lighter laptop with higher margins.

  6. offTheRecord

    I have a 2015-vintage Lenovo 10-inch Windows tablet (I believe it's the Yoga Tab 2 with the "15-hour" barrel battery, matching Bluetooth keyboard and built-in stand -- actually, quite useful). It has a low-end Intel Atom Z3745, 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. It's definitely low-end; I believe I got it for around $220 (for the non-SIM version). It originally came with Windows 8.1. I've now got Windows 10 Pro on it (not the latest build, though; with only 32 GB of storage and MS Office also installed, I'm struggling getting it to update) and it runs just fine for "normal" home and office productivity type work (obviously, you won't be using it for rocket science).

    Granted, not a scientific study, but watching the video above, it looks like Lenovo's new ARM-based PC "performs" similarly to my 2-year old Atom-based tablet. I realize the PC in the video is running Win 10 S and not Pro, but if it can run full Windows 10 Pro just as "well," this might find a place with casual home and office workers who want portability -- provided they don't overprice it. In my opinion, it's DOA at $800 if it only has Atom performance.

  7. ayebang

    This machine is The Ipad Pro killer.

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