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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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