Back in October we caught sight of the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix, an 11.6-inch slate Ultrabook with a dockable keyboard. Now, as CES begins, Lenovo has made the thus far elusive unit official, including the starting price ($1499) and release date (late February).
Theuses a typical dockable design where the screen can detach from the keyboard, though Lenovo is calling it “rip and ” for the screen’s ability to attach both forward and backward which is unique among such devices.
The $1499 starting price makes us think that adoption will be limited, though this is a full Ultrabook packed into an 11.6″ screen which is no easy feat. The tablet alone weighs 835g with both the tablet and keyboard coming in under 1.8kg. The touchscreen 11.6-inch display is IPS and full HD (1920×1080).
Inside is optional 4G LTE and NFC. A built-in pen is included though it isn’t clear if it is merely a capacitive stylus or a much more accurate (and useful) active digitizer.
Lenovo claims up to 10 hours of battery life, but we’re willing to wager that such a figure includes a battery built into the keyboard.
According to PC Perspective, the can be equipped up to a Core i7 processor, 256GB SSD, and has 2x USB ports, mini HDMI, mini DisplayPort, and a full ethernet (RJ45/LAN). More details to come as we find them.