Lenovo has a new notebook-tablet hybrid device called the ThinkPad Helix that is expanding the company’s growing list of Windows 8-based products.
Dubbed by Lenovo as a “rip and flip” convertible, it re-imagines the usual way of combining the two mobile devices into one hybrid solution. Like regular notebooks, the display may be attached to the keyboard. This display may be rotated to a 180-degree angle, allowing its users to show content on the screen from the keyboard’s rear side. This is similar to the viewing option offered by the Dell XPS 12. CNet notes that this feature makes the convertible device suitable for use during presentations. Users may also remove the screen from the keyboard base by pressing a button on one side, and use the tablet as a standalone device.
The ThinkPad Helix features an 11.6-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and 400 nit brightness. This screen is protected by Gorilla Glass and supports 10-point multitouch gestures. Intel HD is in charge of its graphics.
It comes with a third-generation Intel Core CPU and packs either Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro for its operating system. Also onboard is 8GB of RAM and as much as 256GB of storage capacity in its solid state disk. Connectivity options are 3G/4G as well as NFC.
When used in tablet mode, the hybrid device promises 5 hours of battery life. This is increased to 10 hours when the ThinkPad Helix is used with the keyboard base.
By itself, the tablet weighs 1.84 pounds. The keyboard base also has around the same weight, making the hybrid device about 3.7 pounds. As for its depth, the ThinkPad Helix has a measurement of roughly 0.8 inch.
When it hits the market in February, the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix is expected to sell for $1499, making it one of the more costly Windows 8 devices to be available in stores.