Lenovo’s Miix 2 Windows 8.1 tablet starts at $300

Lenovo’s IdeaTab Miix 2 is an 8-inch tablet powered by Intel’s Atom Bay Trail processor. The device – loaded with Microsoft Windows 8.1 software – has a starting price of $300, scaling up accordingly based on storage specs.

The $300 base model includes 32GB of storage, while a 64GB costs $350. Both versions of the tablet are equipped with an Intel Atom Z3740 quad-core processor,1280 x 800 pixel IPS display and 2GB of RAM. Future iterations of the tablet will reportedly offer up to 128GB of storage as well as (optional) mobile broadband capabilities.

Additional tablet specs include 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, a 5MP rear camera and 2MP front-facing camera, stereo speakers, a micro USB port, microSD card slot and headset jack.

AsLiliputing’sBrad Linder notes, the IdeaTab Miix 2 arrives pre-loaded with a fully licensed version of Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013, as well as Lenovo’s Cloud Storage app, Evernote, Amazon Kindle and Zinio magazine apps.

“[Of course,] the Miix 2 isn’t the first 8 inch Windows tablet with a Bay Trail processor to hit the streets. The $300 Dell Venue 8 Pro and $330 Toshiba Encore are both available as well,” Linder explained. “Dell’s tablet includes an active digitizer, which helps set it apart from the crowd. Lenovo’s tablet does not, but the company does plan to offer an optional $20 cover case that comes with a capacitive stylus.”

Lenovo’s Miix 2 Windows 8.1 tablet can be purchased on Amazon for $300.