Lenovo Flexes Helix and Yoga 11S Convertibles at CES
The first is the ThinkPad Helix with a "groundbreaking 'rip and flip' design" that transforms the 11.6-inch Ultrabook into a powerful Windows 8 tablet.
It's equipped with a Full HD 1080p IPS (In-Plane Switching) 10-point multi-touchscreen panel with pen touch input and Gorilla Glass, up to an Intel Core i7 processor (Ivy Bridge), up to 8GB of DDR3-1600 memory, up to a 256GB solid state drive (SSD), two USB 3.0 ports, mini-HDMI and mini-DisplayPort output, dual HD 1080p webcams, NFC support, 4G LTE radio, and Windows 8 Standard or Windows 8 Pro.
Whereas the Helix is aimed at business users, Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga 11S is the "world's first mini Ultrabook" designed for home consumers, and is a follow-up to the original Yoga. It too sports a 10-point multi-touchscreen IPS display that measures 11.6 inches (albeit 1366x768) though it's a little less powerful with up to a Core i5 processor.
"Like its predecessor, users can work with Yoga 11S as a laptop, or flip the screen around to turn it into a great sized tablet," Lenovo explains. "Even convert Yoga 11S into Stand or Tent modes for a space-saving way to watch movies, as it's tuned with great Dolby Home Theater audio and smooth Intel integrated high definition graphics."
The ThinkPad Helix will be available in late-February starting at $1,499, and the Yoga 11S in June starting at $799.