To kickoff the new year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 in Las Vegas, Lenovo officially introduced to the world the new Lenovo ThinkPad Helix, a unique Ultrabook hybrid that takes the detachable hybrid genre to the next level. Lenovo believes it’s the closest to a perfect convertible Ultrabook with much less compromise than many products on the market today.
First and foremost, the Helix is a 20mm Ultrabook with a 10 hour battery life. It has the ability to function as a laptop, tablet, stand or tablet plus (a docked tablet). Everyone wants a high-speed laptop at the ready, but not something that weighs a ton while in tablet mode. The Helix checks out.
People also want the power with sustainable battery life. Essentially, you get to choose how much battery life you want, how much weight you want to carry, and how much performance you need from the Helix. These characteristics fit in with the power management and battery stretch settings the Lenovo ThinkPads have demonstrated over the years.
The Helix, with its 11.6 inch screen, looks like a very normal Ultrabook. It doesn’t just look like a tablet that has been strapped to a keyboard dock as an accessory. It’s the normal ThinkPad keyboard that you’re used to seeing on the other ThinkPads.
One key differential aspect of the Helix is not only does the screen detach (which, like most hybrids, turns it into a tablet) but it can reattach backwards into what Lenovo refers to as “stand mode”. Putting the Helix in stand mode giving it longer battery life, lighter weight, and places the keyboard out of sight so it’s displayed in a more visually pleasing manner for video viewing or presentations.
The Lenovo ThinkPad Helix also provides you with a stylist (a pen) with excellent handwriting recognition making productivity that much better.
Some of the specifications include:
- 10 hours of battery life in normal laptop mode, 5 hour in tablet mode
- Weighs 3.6lbs in normal laptop mode, 1.8 lbs in tablet mode
- Windows 8
- Full HD 1920x1080
- Refined gorilla glass screen
- 400 nits of brightness
- 3rd generation Intel core series processor
- 128GB or 256GB SSD storage
- 5 megapixel camera
Overall, the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix is a powerful product that is functional enough to serve as your every day Ultrabook while still providing you with a very solid and unique hybrid experience.
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