Lenovo will soon introduce a new 10-inch Windows tablet with a keyboard dock and a Gemini Lake SoC. That, first pictures and even the specifications, found out the colleagues of Notebook Italia . It is listed as a Lenovo IdeaPad D330. But I suspect the final name will be Lenovo MIIX D330. It seems to be a direct successor to the Lenovo MIIX 320.
Presumably, Lenovo will introduce the MIIX D330 at the IFA 2018 in Berlin. It starts at the end of August. Officially, the manufacturer has not yet commented on the tablet.
Compared to the very popular MIIX 320, the design has changed a lot. At first glance, it looks very similar, but there is a big difference. So you can dock and undock the tablet from the keyboard dock as usual, but rotate it like a typical convertible but also docked by 360 degrees.
Stronger than its predecessor
Even bigger changes can be found in the internal hardware. Lenovo’s IdeaPad D330 finally uses an Intel Pentium Silver N5000 SoC. This is a quad-core processor of the Gemini Lake generation, whose four cores run at 1.1GHz to 2.7GHz. Details on the built-in RAM or internal memory we do not know yet.
In the well 1.5 years old Lenovo MIIX 320 is still an Intel Atom x5 chipset, so I could recommend it only conditionally. The Intel N5000, however, is much more powerful. It is the same processor, rumored to be stuck in the cheap Microsoft Surface.
The 10.1-inch IPS display should offer a FullHD resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. So it will have an aspect ratio of 16:10. For a 10 inch tablet I find a FullHD resolution high enough. Such a display was synonymous with its predecessor, the cheapest version had only one HD panel.
Further equipment will include two cameras, optional LTE 4G, Bluetooth 4.2 and WLAN 802.11ac. There is also a USB Type C port and a headphone input. According to the pictures, there is also a power supply connection. Hopefully you can also charge it via the USB C port.
The Keyboard Dock
I’m sure that the keyboard dock comes standard with the Lenovo IdeaPad (MIIX) D330 again. It consists of a classic chicklet keyboard, a size-sized touchpad and two full size USB 3.0 Type A ports.
As I said, in addition, the design has changed compared to its predecessor. If the tablet is connected to the dock, you can apparently use it like any normal convertible with a rotatable display. But you can also completely disconnect the tablet from the keyboard.
In the past, many keyboard docks had an extra battery that could extend the life of the tablet itself. But within the last couple of years no device of this kind has appeared anymore. I suspect that will not be the case here either.