Lenovo Thinkpad Helix is official. Hands on Video


Now this is what Windows 8 can be. Lenovo is introducing its first ThinkPad tablet with a detachable keyboard base. The Lenovo ThinkPad Helix is an 11.6 inch Windows 8 tablet which can work as a laptop when docked to a keyboard base. But it has what Lenovo calls a “rip and flip” design which lets you remove the screen and use it as a standalone tablet device, or snap it back onto the base in “stand mode.”

Under the hood the ThinkPad Helix packs a lot more power than many of the 11.6 inch Windows 8 tablets we’ve seen so far, thanks to an Intel Core i7. Unfortunately it’s also much more expensive than other Windows 8 tablets… prices are expected to start at $1499.

Hands on video:

The Specs:

  • 11.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS 400nit display
  • 10-point multitouch screen with Gorilla Glass
  • 3rd generation Intel Core processor (up to Core i7)
  • Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro
  • Intel HD graphics
  • Up to 8GB of RAM
  • Up to 256GB of solid state disk space
  • 2 USB 3.0 ports, Ethernet, mini-DisplayPort and mini-HDMI
  • 5 hours of battery life in tablet mode alone, 10 hours with the base

The tablet is 1.84 pounds, and so is the keyboard base, bringing the total weight to about 3.7 pounds. The ThinkPad Helix measures about 0.8 inches thick.