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CES: Lenovo announces the Thinkpad Helix with Windows 8

Features quirky 'rip and flip' screen
Mon Jan 07 2013, 07:18

LAS VEGAS: UNSTOPPABLE Lenovo on Sunday added yet another new addition to its Thinkpad lineup, the flexible Thinkpad Helix. 

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Unveiled alongside the Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 11S, the Thinkpad Helix features what Lenovo calls a 11.6in "rip and flip" touchscreen, which lets users operate the device in four different modes including Stand Mode and Tablet Mode. This screen features in-plane switching technology for vibrancy and good viewing angles, and boasts HD 1080p resolution.

That's not all that's interesting about Lenovo's innovative Thinkpad Helix. Thanks to the "rip" function that means the tablet can be undocked from the keybord, the Helix is also the slimmest Intel third generation Core tablet to date, which along with its 835g weight makes the device nicely portable.

Lenovo Thinkpad Helix with Windows 8The Lenovo Thinkpad Helix also features a redesigned trackpad, a 10 hour battery life, built-in LTE and NFC connectivity, and Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system.

"Our unmatched family of convertibles gives consumers, students, business professionals, and everyone in between the opportunity to choose the convertible that's right for them," said Lenovo SVP Peter Hortensius.

"The Thinkpad Helix gives business professionals two devices in one incredible form factor. It is a high performance, thin and light ultrabook with a detachable Windows 8 tablet. We've also pumped more power and productivity into the new Ideapad Yoga 11S mini-ultrabook so it can handle whatever mobile computing tasks consumers throw at it."

The Lenovo Thinkpad will be available in the US from February costing $1,799. UK availability is still to be announced, and Lenovo was unable to reveal details at CES on Sunday.

Check back soon for our hands-on with the Lenovo Thinkpad Helix. µ

 

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