Lenovo unveils their latest convertible Ultrabook device: the ThinkPad Helix, featuring a 11.6-inch removable and reversible screen with a “rip and flip” design. Like Lenovo’s IdeaPad Yoga, the Helix can be used in a variety of positions, which include the standard tablet and Ultrabook modes. A new position called Stand mode, lets users flip the tablet 180 degrees and then snap it back into the base, which acts as a stand for the slate.
The 11.6-inch convertible features a 1080p IPS display, “the brightest screen in the ThinkPad brand portfolio” and comes with a bundled pen. When detached, the tablet which weighs in at a light 835 grams, one of the lightest in its class. The Helix also features an all new five button trackpad that replaces the traditional clickpad with secondary buttons, though the ThinkPad trackpoint remains. It boasts of up to 10 hours run time and will run up to an Intel Core i7 processor. It includes a 5MP rear and 2MP front camera, NFC and optional LTE connectivity.
IdeaPad Yoga 11S
Along with the ThinkPad Helix, Lenovo has announced the IdeaPad Yoga 11S, which features an Ivy Bridge processor instead of the ARM chip on the Yoga 11. With a more powerful chip, the Yoga 11S runs full Windows 8 instead of RT. The 11S features an 11.6-inch (1600 x 900) IPS display that can bend into a variety of positions like Stand or Tent mode with its 360 degree folding hinge. The top of the line 11S runs on a dual-core Core i5 processor, with 8GB RAM and a 128GB SSD.
The ThinkPad Helix will be available in late February starting at $1,499 while the IdeaPad Yoga 11S will be available in June for $799.