Lenovo's Miix 2 Bay Trail slate listed at Amazon

Bay Trail slates just keep on multiplying. The latest one hails from Lenovo, and it's called the Miix 2. As Liliputing reports, you can pre-order it at Amazon for only $299.99.

Those three hundred bones get you an 8", 1280x800 IPS display, a 1.8GHz Bay Trail Atom chip, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of solid-state storage, and Windows 8.1. The device weighs in at 0.77 lbs and measures 0.3" in thickness. Amazon says the battery life is 10 hours, but Lenovo's website quotes a shorter, seven-hour run time. I'd be more inclined to trust Lenovo on this one.

What else? Well, there's a two-megapixel camera at the front and a five-megapixel one at the back, and Lenovo had the good sense to include a microSD slot. Folks with a little more cash to spare can spring for a 64GB version of the Miix 2, which Amazon sells for $349.99.

As Liliputing points out, this isn't the first 8" Bay Trail tablet out there. Dell's Venue 8 Pro is in stock now for $299.99. The site also mentions the Toshiba Encore, which is listed for $329.99, but that one doesn't seem to be in stock yet.

It's nice to see full-fledged Windows tablets hit lower price points. That said, I'm a little disappointed that none of these offerings have high-PPI displays. 1280x800 may not look so bad with ClearType, but it feels kinda stingy compared to the $229 Nexus 7's 1920x1200 screen. Oh well. I guess the Nexus 7 doesn't run Office and all your Windows apps.

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