Lenovo appears to be preparing to launch a business-friendly equivalent of the Lenovo IdeaPad Lynx. The new convertible tablet is called the ThinkPad Helix, and it’s starting to show up at some Chinese sites including Zol and it168.
Lenovo hasn’t yet confirmed this tablet.
The Lenovo ThinkPad Helix reportedly features an 11.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, up to an Intel Core i7 processor, Intel GMA HD 4000 graphics, and up to 10 hours of battery life.
It runs Windows 8, and features a capacitive touchscreen display. But there’s also a ThinkPad-style keyboard dock which features both a trackpad and a pointing stick in the center of the keyboard.
There’s no word on how much the Helix will cost or when it’s expected to launch.
via Ultrabook News
BUT, id like to know what kind of battery life it gets without keyboard dock?
Other than that, looks mighty tempting, ARM based convertibles dont suit my needs and tasks, decent x86 machine with good battery life in both slate and docked modes would rock!
Very interesting. How much does it weight?
11.6″ screen huh? I’m interested in the physical dimensions of this. It seems all the new touch enabled notebooks/convertibles have larger footprints than I’d like.
I think it depends on how you use it most of the time. I have an 11.6″ x100e Thinkpad that I use several hours per day (writing, email, and surfing) and I love it. It has a fantastic keyboard which fits very nicely into the 11.6″ form factor. I doubt I would feel the same way with a 10.1″ form factor keyboard.
Thus, if you want a device that you mostly use as a laptop but want the convenience of unplugging the screen to use as a tablet, say for watching videos, playing games, traveling light etc. on occasion, I can see the utility of an 11.6″ convertible. But if it’s mostly a tablet you want, then perhaps 11.6″ is a little bit on the bulky side for everyday use.
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