Lenovo has been working hard with Windows 8 and Windows RT, and the ThinkPad Helix offers a transformer design with Intel Core processors for performance. This is a detachable tablet with a keyboard dock, and the tablet and dock each offer 5 hours of battery life for a combined 10 hours of claimed runtime. That's pretty decent for a power hungry Intel Core i5 CPU tablet.
The ThinkPad brand's premium convertible, Helix, defines the next generation of mobile computing through its ground breaking "rip and flip" design. This special design gives users absolute mobile freedom and versatility with four unique ways to use it.
ThinkPad Helix first functions as a high performance Ultrabook. For added mobility, the 11.6- inch tablet can separate from its base to become the thinnest full-function Intel 3rd generation CoreTM tablet with vPro. Adding to its mobility, the tablet weighs 1.84 lbs., also making it fairly light. Unlike other convertibles, the innovative "rip and flip" screen lets users flip the tablet 180 degrees and snap it back into the base - this mode, called Stand mode, transforms Helix into a mini-movie theatre or business presentation central. From here, users can also fold the screen down to use it as a tablet while keeping the base connected for added ports and connectivity.
Besides its game-changing design, the ThinkPad Helix comes with exceptional performance and productivity features that set the bar for this type of device. A top-class Ultrabook the ThinkPad Helix runs up to 10 hours for a full day of work and play. Navigation and interaction are easy with the precision on-board pen, full-size keyboard and new five button clickpad that boasts 20 percent more surface area than traditional ThinkPad clickpads. As the brightest screen in the ThinkPad brand portfolio, Helix's 11.6-inch high definition 1080p IPS display maximizes clear, crisp and vibrant visuals in nearly any environment.
To connect virtually anywhere, ThinkPad Helix comes with optional LTE high speed wireless and also pioneers the emerging NFC technology that allows devices to share data seamlessly by simply tapping to pair them. Additionally, Helix delivers the ThinkPad brand's reliability, enhanced security and manageability features that large businesses depend upon, including Intel vPro. Helix redefines expectations for mobile computing by bringing together innovative technology and engineering that essentially eliminate the need to carry a laptop and a tablet.
The Lenovo ThinkPad Helix will be available in late February with a starting price of $1,499.
Latest 3rd Gen Intel Core processors up to i7 Windows 8 Standard or Windows 8 Pro; Windows 8 multi touch enabled 11.6" FHD 1080p; IPS 400nit; Gorilla glass touch screen Intel HD 4000 Integrated Graphics Up to 8GB DDR3 1600 MHz Up to 256GB SSD Dolby Home Theater v4 2 USB 3.0 ports; RJ45 connector; mini-DisplayPort; mini-HDMI 10-point multi-touch; digitizer pen NFC,4G LTE; HDMI; mini-DP; USB 2.0 (2 x USB3.0 on base) Dual high definition 1080p webcams 10 hour all day battery life (5 hours in base, 5 hours tablet-only) Weight: System: 3.68 lbs/1.67 kg; Tablet: 1.84 lbs/0.835 kg; Base: 1.84 lbs/0.835 kg Thickness: 0.80 inches thin (20.4 mm thin)