Lenovo Announces Helix Hybrid Ultrabook

Lenovo announced the Windows 8-powered ThinkPad Helix Hybrid ultrabook last week at the Consumer Electronics Show 2013.

Powered by an Intel Core processing (up to Core i7), the ThinkPad Helix sports a "Rip and Flip" design that allows users to utilize the device as a standard ultrabook, detach the display for use as a standalone tablet or flip the display in order to make use of the keyboard and mouse in stand mode.

The Helix also delivers a capacitive touch screen with 10-point tracking and a digitizer pen, as well as a resolution of 1920x1080 through an 11.6-inch display and 400-nit brightness.

USB 3.0 support is included, as is an Ethernet port, mini-DisplayPort, mini HDMI output and up to 256 GB of solid-state drive. Among the other features are a near-field communication (NFC) sensor, front-facing and rear 1080p cameras, as well as an estimated 10-hour battery life: 5 hours of using the tablet by itself and a further 5 hours when it's connected to the keyboard base. Users will also be offered optional LTE wireless broadband.

The Lenovo ThinkPad Helix is currently scheduled for a late February release, with configurations set to start at $1,499.

During CES 2013, Lenovo also announced a Windows 8 Touch portable monitor, the first Intel Clover Trail+ smartphone and the Windows 8-powered Yoga 11S laptop.


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  • victorintelr
    I recently got my X230 Tablet with an i7 for around $1300. Looking at the fact that it's a tablet probably will have a similar processor than mine i7-3520m. The helix was what I was waitng for, however, probably mine will be more upgradable than the tablet, though. And though the battery won't last the 10 hours (with both combined). Also looking at some of the specs of similar lenovo laptops that can barely be modified for similar price. Other than the resolution, I'm happy with my new laptop.
  • drapacioli
    So the i7 processor, SSD, and everything needed to make that laptop/tablet hybrid run is in the screen? That's impressive! But what's left on the bottom part of the chassis then besides the keyboard?
  • livebriand
    I hope the SSD and RAM aren't proprietary in that like they are in the x1 carbon. If this has a Windows 7 option (for those of us who like the device and touchscreen but only run desktop apps and thus don't want a tablet UI in the way), this could be a really nice device.