There’s good news for folks who’ve been waiting for Lenovo to release its first Thinkpad ultrabook with a detachable Windows 8 tablet portion. The Lenovo ThinkPad Helix is now available for purchase from Lenovo.
There’s also bad news: the cheapest configuration isn’t particularly cheap at all. Prices start at $1679.
For that price you get a Windows 8 tablet with an 11.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, a capacitive touch panel and an active digitizer for pen input. It has an Intel Core i5-3427U processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB solid state disk.
Lenovo is positioning the ThinkPad Helix as an ultrabook, and with the screen attached to the keyboard dock that’s pretty much what it is. It’s a thin and light notebook with a ThinkPad-style black case, a pointing stick in the center of the screen, and premium features such as 2×2 WiFi and NFC.
But unlike most ultrabooks, you can use the Helix as a tablet for writing or drawing. Just don’t expect spectacular battery life from a tablet with a 42Whr battery and a Core i5 processor. Lenovo says you should be able to get up to 5 hours of battery life from the tablet alone, although that could climb as high as 10 hours when you add the keyboard dock.
Lenovo also offers a $1999 model with 8GB of RAM, an Intel Core i7-3667U processor, and 180GB of storage.
Both models of the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix are available for order now, and they’re expected to ship in early June.
I got a chance to check out the Helix when it was first introduced in January:
via Ultrabook News