Sunday, 6 January 2013

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix is expected in February

Windows 8 hybrids that convert between laptops and tablets,  but it is a compromise for battery life, or screen size for features. With the ThinkPad Helix, Lenovo aims to make business users compromise as little as possible, creating a compact, full-featured PC that ditches its keyboard when you need to get your tablet on.

The Helix has an 11.6-inch full HD screen (1,920 x 1,080), and it packs an Intel Core processor (i3, i5 or i7) instead of a mobile chip. You can configure it with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of solid-state storage.

Despite running a Core processor, the Helix is still rated for 10 hours of battery life even though the tablet weighs just 1.8 pounds. Lenovo also claims it's the thinnest (0.8 inch) Windows 8 tablet powered by Intel Core. When attached to the keyboard, the whole thing weighs 3.7 pounds. It also comes with digitizer pen when you need extra precision in your work.

The Helix's docking port is reversible, meaning you can flip the tablet around 180 degrees so it faces out from the keyboard dock. It is also useful for presentations or when you're in a cramped airplane seat. It has two USB 3.0 ports and a mini-HDMI port.

The Helix also includes NFC wireless tech for quick pairing with your phone or other NFC-equipped devices. LTE connectivity is optional. It is expected to come in late February and may start at $1,499.


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