The Lenovo ThinkPad Twist is a notebook with a 12.5 inch touchscreen display that transforms into… a tablet with a 12.5 inch touchscreen display. Just rotate the screen 180 degrees and fold it down over the keyboard to switch from notebook to tablet mode.
While this sort of design has been around for around a decade, the ThinkPad Twist is one of the first convertible tablets of this type to ship with Windows 8 — Microsoft’s new touch-friendly operating system.
The ThinkPad Twist features a 1.7 GHz Intel Core i5-3317U Ivy Bridge processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive. It has a 1366 x 768 pixel IPS display with Gorilla Glass.
The computer measures 12.3″ x 9.3″x 0.8″ and weighs 3.5 pounds. It features Bluetooth and WiFi, and around the sides you’ll find 2 USB 3.0 ports, Ethernet, mini HDMI and DisplayPort jacks, and a flash card reader. Lenovo says it should get up to 7 hours of battery life.
As a ThinkPad tablet, the Twist has both a touchpad beneath the keyboard and a pointing stick in the center for folks that prefer the classic ThinkPad TrackPoint system.
Unlike more expensive members of the ThinkPad tablet family though, the ThinkPad Twist does not have an active digitizer or digital pen for writing or drawing on the screen. Instead it’s designed to be used with your fingers.