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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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By JasonMick (blog) on 1/7/2013 9:49:44 AM , Rating: 2
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I was wondering how on earth the base for an 11.6" machine could weigh 4.75-1.8=2.95lbs when it's nothing more than a keyboard and battery.
I literally wrote verbatim what their PR person told me. The device has not yet been officially announced (it will be today).

If there is a mistake, I'll fix it when the official numbers come.


RE: It seems you made a mistake in the weight
By Kornfeld on 1/7/2013 1:31:45 PM , Rating: 2
I've seens a couple generations of beta hardware for the Helix and it seems like it is safe to discuss NDA content given the device has been shown.

I found the Helix to weigh 1.80 lb by itself and 4.35 lb. when combined with the base. One interesting thing about this is that the base is designed to limit how far back to you can tilt the device and it seems this was done to avoid being able to tip over the top heavy device.

I think this kind of device has a lot of potential for getting rid of an urge to have a 10" tablet and a laptop. The one thing I would really like to see is a device like this that offered the base unit like the Helix does, but also allows you to just plug it into a port replicator and use a large display, mouse, keyboard, etc while still using the Helix itself for touch input. That would be really compelling for business use cases.


By Mint on 1/7/2013 8:46:48 PM , Rating: 2
Here's the IBM page:
http://www.lenovo.com/products/us/tablet/thinkpad/...

It says 3.8 lbs. That's still somewhat heavy, but at least it's not absurdly so anymore. They're also saying 2 lbs for the tablet, which is a slight downer given the 1.80lbs claims, but in line with the Surface Pro and expected when you have to cool an i7 and have thinkpad build quality.

It has a stylus as well, so maybe that's the .2 lbs difference. I'm glad they included it, because you really need one to truly take advantage of x86 tablets.


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