Lenovo Intros ThinkPad Helix and IdeaPad Yoga 11S

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Lenovo has just announced two new additions to its family of convertible laptop-tablet devices: the ThinkPad Helix, a premium convertible for business professionals featuring a “rip and flip” design and a more powerful and productive IdeaPad Yoga 11S, the first “multimode mini Ultrabook” equipped with Intel processors and featuring Windows 8.

ThinkPad Helix

Lenovo’s new premium convertible notebook/tablet for the ThinkPad brand, Helix, includes the headline feature of a “rip and flip” design. This special hinge design gives users four unique ways to use it. ThinkPad Helix first functions as a high performance Ultrabook laptop. For added mobility, the 11.6-inch tablet can separate from its base to become the thinnest full-function Intel 3rd generation Core tablet with vPro. Adding to its mobility, the tablet weighs 835 grams, also making it the lightest in its class at the time of this writing. Unlike other convertibles, the “rip and flip” screen lets users flip the tablet 180-degree and snap it back into the base — this mode, called Stand mode, transforms Helix into a perfect solution for business presentations across a desk. From here, users can also fold the screen down to use it as a tablet while keeping the base connected for added ports, connectivity and battery life.

Besides the unique design, the ThinkPad Helix runs up to 10 hours for a full day of work and play. Navigation and interaction are easy with the precision on-board pen (which features pressure sensetivity for applications like Photoshop), full-size keyboard and new five-button clickpad that boasts 20 percent more surface area than traditional ThinkPad clickpads. The ThinkPad Helix also features the brightest screen in the ThinkPad brand portfolio; an 11.6-inch full high definition 1080p IPS display with Gorilla Glass.

ThinkPad Helix comes with optional LTE high speed wireless so you can stay connected almost anywhere and also includes Near Field Communications (NFC) technology that allows devices to share data seamlessly by simply tapping to pair them.

IdeaPad Yoga 11S

If the IdeaPad Yoga 11 with Windows RT didn’t impress you in 2012, Lenovo now offers another option for choosing one of the IdeaPad Yoga convertibles. The new Yoga 11S comes equipped with a new low power lineup from Intel with up to 3rd generation Intel Core i5 processors and Windows 8 to give users the full power of multitasking and using Office applications, all in a svelte, 0.68-inch thin frame. 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. 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 Theatre audio and smooth Intel integrated high definition graphics.

IdeaPad Yoga 11S features an 11.6-inch HD IPS display that supports 10 finger multi-touch and comes with unique features previously only available on Yoga 13: Motion Control lets users simply swipe their hand in front of the webcam to advance photos, videos and other document, and with Lenovo Transition, users can automatically open applications like PowerPoint in full-screen when using Yoga in its other three modes: tent, stand or tablet.

IdeaPad Yoga 11S also has the same attractive rubber painting and a soft-touch exterior as the IdeaPad Yoga 13, although it now will be available in Cotton Candy Pink as well as Silver Grey and Clementine Orange.

Pricing and Availability

The ThinkPad Helix and IdeaPad Yoga 11S convertibles will be available starting in late-February and June, respectively, through retailers, business partners and www.lenovo.com. Models start at approximately $1,499 and $799, respectively.

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