Lenovo announced two additions to its family of convertible laptop-tablet devices. The ThinkPad Helix is a premium convertible featuring a “rip and flip” design and the IdeaPad Yoga 11S is the first multimode mini Ultrabook equipped with Intel processors and Windows 8.
“‘Our unmatched family of convertibles gives consumers, students, business professionals, and everyone in between the opportunity to choose the convertible that’s right for them,’ said Peter Hortensius, president, Product Group, and senior vice president, Lenovo. ‘The ThinkPad Helix gives business professionals two devices in one incredible form factor. It is a high performance, thin and light Ultrabook with a detachable Windows 8 tablet. We’ve also pumped more power and productivity into the new IdeaPad Yoga 11S mini-Ultrabook so it can handle whatever mobile computing tasks consumers throw at it.'”
The ThinkPad Helix is set to define the next generation of mobile computing with its “rip and flip” design that allows four unique ways to use it. The Helix first functions as a high performance Ultrabook. For more freedom, users can separate the 11.6 inch tablet from the base and hold the thinnest full-function Intel 3rd generation tablet with vPro. Unlike other convertibles, the “rip and flip” design lets the tablet flip 180 degrees and snap back into the base, useful for theater or business presentations. From here, users can then fold the screen down to use as a tablet with the base connected for the added ports. The Helix will also feature a full-size keyboard, on-board pen for navigation and interaction, and a five button clickpad. The ThinkPad Helix will comes with exceptional performance, vibrant 1080P IPS display, and 10 hour battery life.
The IdeaPad Yoga 11S will give consumers another option for choosing one of Lenovo’s groundbreaking flip and fold, 360 degree hinge IdeaPad Yoga convertibles. Like its predecessor, the Yoga 11S can work as a laptop or in tent, stand, or tablet mode. The 11.6 inch display will also come with unique features previously only available on the Yoga 13: Motion Control and Lenovo Transition. The IdeaPad Yoga 11S will also have the same attractive rubber painting and soft touch exterior as the Yoga 13.
The ThinkPad Helix, starting approximately $1499, and IdeaPad Yoga 11S, starting approximately $799, convertibles will be available starting late-February and June, respectively.