After unveiling the splendid ThinkPad Helix tablet/laptop hybrid in January at CES, you would have expected Lenovo to strike while the iron was hot and hurry the 11.6-incher’s release. And at first the Chinese seemed to be doing exactly so, announcing the Helix was going to start selling in the US in February.
But the rollout got pushed back for mysterious reasons and Lenovo decided to adopt a vaguer and more cautious approach, letting the media know that the new ETA was “spring”. Now that timeframe has been narrowed down to “April”, courtesy of a tweet from the company’s official account.
That’s still limited to the US of A, meaning folks outside America could be left hanging until the summer. Or, even worse, the ThinkPad Helix could end up being a US-exclusive device, which would be a terrible shame considering the hybrid’s potential.
Remember, this is a lot more than just a laptop and a lot more than just a tablet, rocking a detachable keyboard dock, Windows 8, Ivy Bridge Intel Core i5/i7 CPUs, up to 8 GB of RAM, SSDs with 256 GB maximum storage and even optional 4G LTE.
The ThinkPad Helix won’t come cheap, being set to go for 1,500 bucks in its top of the line configuration, but we figure there are a lot of people interested in it nevertheless. Aren’t you?