CES 2013: Lenovo ThinkPad Helix hands-on preview
09 Jan 2013
11.6-inch Windows 8 Tablet with keyboard dock to rival Asus' dockers
Lenovo showed off its new Thinkpad Helix at CES 13. The Thinkpad is a tablet that can be slotted in forwards or backwards to a special keyboard dock, turning it into a laptop or propping it up for kicking back with a movie.
In tablet form, the ThinkPad Helix is 11.6 inches of shiny tech. It’s a weighty beast at around 835g, which means it’s heavier than the Apple iPad and every other tablet we can think of, but you can still wield it two-handed without straining your arms.
The ThinkPad Helix runs Windows 8, and the Intel Core processor keeps everything smooth. The 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution means you’ll be able to enjoy HD movies with perfect picture quality.
Of course, the real magic comes when you slot the ThinkPad Helix into the bundled dock. If you stick it in with the screen facing the keyboard, this basically turns the Helix into a laptop. However, you can also plug it in the other way around, to use it for presentations or enjoying a flick.
Sticking it in the dock also gives you extra ports (USB and Mini DisplayPort) as well as a four-hour battery boost to add to the tablet’s predicted six hours of life. That will rival the iPad Mini and other long-lasting tablets. You can flatten the Helix against the keyboard if you want to keep it docked but use it as a tablet, although it’s chunky and even heavier like this, so is best used lying flat on a work surface.
The tablet also has a built-in SIM card slot, as well as a stylus pen for tapping or drawing on the screen and 5-megapixel and 2-megapixel cameras. We’re expecting to see the Helix in Q1 in the UK and the $1,499 price tag will probably translate to around £1,000.
Finally, although not really relevant, Lenovo had this massive driveable spider outside their booth. We were tempted to hijack it and cause some chaos, but the massive bouncers gave us hacky looks to frighten us off.