Microsoft´s Surface Pro 5 might be close to arrive or take some longer. Meanwhile, the competition is gearing up, with the Lenovo Miix 720 being one of the most interesting clones coming to market.

The 12-inch  Miix 720, which will start shipping in April for US$999 will cost US$100 more than the cheapest Surface Pro 4 model, but also come with superior features.

It will run on Intel´s latest Kaby Lake CPU architecture and support 4K video thanks to an integrated GPU. On the outside it looks like Microsoft´s Surface Pro, featuring a kickstand at its back. Connectivity will be better however.

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The Miix 720 wears a USB-C port, which is also a high-speed Thunderbolt 3 port that can connect peripherals like displays and storage devices, and additional USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports. The Surface Pro 4 is limited to only one full-sized USB 3.0 port.

While memory support of up to 16GB is on par with Microsoft´s tablet, the Lenovo Miix 720 runs on DDR4 DRAM in comparison to just DDR3 memory in the Surface Pro 4.

The 12-inch screen is slightly smaller than the 12.3-inch screen on the Surface Pro 4 but offers a higher resolution of 2880 x 1920 (vs. 2736 x 1824).

Here the full Lenovo Miix 720 specs:

CPU
Equipped with the highest seventh-generation Intel ® Core ™ i7 Processor
Assignment System
Up to Windows 10 Professional
graphics card
Intel ® HD integrated graphics card 620
Cameras and microphones
  • Front: 1 MP, including support for Windows Hello infrared camera
  • On the back: 5 MP autofocus; dual array microphones
Memory
Up to 16 GB DDR4
Storage device
Up to 1 TB PCIe SSD
Sound effects
Integrated Dolby ® stereo speakers
battery
41 WHr; up to 8 hours
monitor
12 “QHD (2880 x 1920) IPS, 400 nits Gorilla® glass
Dimensions (W x D x H)
  • tablet
  • (Mm): 292 x 210 x 8.9
  • (Inches): 11.5 “x 8.27” x 0.35 “
  • With keyboard
  • (Mm): 293 x 216 x 14.6
  • (Inches): 11.53 “x 8.5” x 0.57 “
Z Height (in / mm)
  • Tablet: 8.9 / 0.35 inch
  • Containing Keyboard: 14.6 / 0.57 inch
weight
  • Tablet: weight from 780 grams
  • Including keyboard: Weight 1.1 kg onwards
Keyboard / Pen
Full-size backlit keyboard / optional Lenovo Active Pen
Colour
Champagne gold
WLAN
2 x 2 WiFi 802.11 ac
Bluetooth ®
Bluetooth ® 4.1
Connector
  • 1 x USB 3.1 (Type C, with DP / ThunderBolt support)
  • 1 x USB 3.0 (Always-on supported)
  • 1 x USB 2.0
  • MicroSD ™
  • Composite audio jack
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