New Windows 8 tablet packs an i7

At the CES Unveiled event on Sunday, the Lenovo Group, Ltd. (HKG:0992) -- currently the world's second fastest-growing computermaker -- remained bullish regarding Windows 8.  

Recent reports indicate that sales and adoption of the new colorful, graphically-rich operating system from Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) may be worse than the much reviled Winodws Vista.  Indeed, one employee acknowledged that the Windows Store/Windows 8 app ecosystem needed to build up in order to drive faster adoption.  However, the criticisms have done little to stop the Asian OEM from unveiling a plethora of Intel Corp. (INTC)-powered Windows 8 designs.

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Leading the way was the 11.6-inch Lenovo Helix.  The laptop-cum-tablet hybrid design allows the screen (tablet) to be detached and reattached from the laptop base, with the help of anodized zinc-alloy tabs.  In total, the device has 4 modes including presentation mode.

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Scrolling on the Lenovo Helix felt smooth. [Image Source: Jason Mick/DailyTech]

The screen is full 1080p (1920x1080).  That battery life is estimated at 6 hours with the tablet only, but jumps to 10 hours when the base is fully charged and attached.  The total weight of the tablet is 1.8 lb -- or roughly a third heavier than the current iPad from Apple, Inc. (AAPL).  And the device is a little thicker than the latest full-sized iPad (11 millimeters versus 9.4 millimetrs).  With the base, the weight jumps to 4.75 lb.

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Scrolling on the Lenovo Helix felt smooth. [Image Source: Jason Mick/DailyTech]

The tablet can carry up to an Intel Core i7 prcoessor (or, more affordably, an i3 or i5), can have up to 8 GB of DRAM, and can have a solid state drive capacity of up to 256 gigabytes.  The only big disappointment is that there are no discrete graphics options -- only the integrated Intel HD 4000.

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The Lenovo Helix (left), pictured next to a Carbon X1 Windows 8 laptop.
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The tablet comes preloaded with some other nice extras, like Lenovo's special "Start Button" replacement, which adds a new icon/menu to the Windows 8 Desktop.  Lenovo says that this button -- like comparable third party solutions -- should help users by presenting them with a familiar placement of the shutdown option, as well as other missing functionality.

A late February launch is planned for the Lenovo Helix in the U.S.  The expected price point is around $1500 USD.

Source: Lenovo

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