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Lenovo Miix 720 with Active Pen 2 is a 'work from anywhere' 2-in-1 PC

Lenovo Miix 720 with Active Pen 2 is a 'work from anywhere' 2-in-1 PC

The laptop features a 5-megapixel camera. It's these consumer trends and insights that led to the development of the new Miix 720 Windows detachable - an all-purpose digital vehicle with state-of-the-art components that not so much blur as altogether eradicate the lines separating today's work hard, play hard mentality.

The Miix 720 Windows tablet with keyboard included starts at $999.99 and will be available in your choice of Champagne Gold or Iron Gray beginning in April 2017. When it comes to the processor, Kaby Lake is on the menu (up to Core i7), with integrated graphics (Intel HD Graphics 620) and up to 16GB of 1866MHz system memory. Surface Pro 4 is a generation behind with Skylake chips, but the next Surface tablet will likely get Kaby Lake.

Lenovo has plenty of interesting stuff to show off at this year's CES, and those who want to stay productive on the move will definitely be interested in the new Miix 720 - a compelling Surface Pro rival - along with new ThinkPad X1 models. That being said, one of the USB Type-C ports doubles as a Thunderbolt 3 port for high speed data transfers and connecting to external displays. Surface Pro 4 only has one full-sized USB 3.0 port. There's also a Thunderbolt 3 port which connects to up to two external displays.

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First and foremost, the device features a 12-inch QHD+ display with a resolution of 2880x1920 pixels.

Lenovo claims that the 41Wh battery incorporated inside the MIIX 720 offers up to 8 hours of battery life, but you'll have to be careful not to run heavy workloads on the 2-in-1 or you'll see that battery life dwindle very quickly. The compact machine weighs slightly over 1 kg.

We presume Lenovo will also throw in the Active Pen 2 stylus, as the device has a special slot for housing the stylus and it would appear rather awkward if the tablet shipped with a big empty slot - imagine receiving your Galaxy Note without the S-Pen! Those capabilities are available on the Surface Pro 4. The tablet has been secured with Microsoft's Windows Hello biometric protection, letting users unlock it by using the front camera though it's not immediately clear whether the system uses facial recognition or iris scanning.