Nov 19, 2017 | Updated: 07:21 PM EDT

Lenovo Miix 320 2-In-1 Just For $199 Debuts at MWC 2017, May Challenge Chromebooks [Full Specs]

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Lenovo unveiled its new Miix 320 2-in-1 Laptop at the Mobile World Congress 2017. The highly portable and affordable device might give Chromebooks a run for their money.

Lenovo's Miix 320 2-in-1 was announced on Monday at Mobile World Congress. Miix 320 is a $199 Windows laptop that could compete with the cheap Chromebooks. The laptop will ship in April, with a pen-enabled version coming in July.

Lenovo surprised us last year with a $229 Windows 2-in-1 tablet, and it's back at Mobile World Congress with the unveiling of its successor. Priced at only $199, Lenovo's new Miix 320 is designed to be a really low-cost Windows-powered laptop. Just like Microsoft's Surface, it's not really a laptop and it's not really a tablet.

Lenovo Miix 320 features a 10.1-inch full HD display with not the best viewing angles. 2-in-1 packs up to 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. The biggest improvement Lenovo has made this time is the addition of a precision track pad. Microsoft has been trying to convince Windows laptop makers to go with accuracy for the past few years, and it's surprising to see this at such a low price, says The Verge.

Lenovo Miix 320's screen is a bit smaller than the typical 11-inch display of a Chromebook, but the higher resolution makes up for it. The display of the laptop includes a USB Type-C port, while the keyboard section comes with USB Type-A ports.

The Lenovo Miix 320 is highly portable, which measures just 0.7 inches in thickness when docked with the keyboard, and 0.4 inches for the tablet itself. The whole package, including tablet + detachable keyboard, weighs in at 2.24 pounds.

According to PC World, the Windows device has a good chance of beating low-cost Chromebooks in the market. Considering that the Lenovo Miix 320 comes with a detachable keyboard, it can take on existing Chromebooks, which is the best convertible feature is a 360-degree hinge system. Moreover, Miix 320's screen is a bit small in size, its 1920 x 1200 resolution is also a far better than what others can find in larger devices.

Interested buyers should know that the Lenovo Miix 320 may not be the best option for running heavy applications. Nevertheless, for simple browsing and use of light apps, users can depend on this convertible.

Two color variants have been mentioned so far for the Lenovo Miix 320- white and silver. For the availability of the device, the LTE-enabled variant will be released in April while the non-LTE model will be there in July. Price starts at $199.

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