Today was Lenovo’s chance to shine at IFA Berlin with its various launches, including the ThinkPad Helix and the Edge 15 laptop. The company has had various announcements planned for IFA this year, from 64 bit smartphones to new tablets and laptops, to tabletop PCs.
Lenovo’s ThinkPad Helix tablet comes as a hybrid between a tablet and a laptop, Lenovo following in Acer’s footsteps with its Aspire Switch hybrids, targeting consumers that want the performance of a laptop and the portability of a tablet. The new ThinkPad Helix has an 11.6 inch 16:9 FHD (1920 x 1080) screen and its total weight is 1.8 pounds and is 0.38 inches thick, 15 % slimmer than the previous edition. The hybrid device will set you back $999 and will be up for sale starting next month.
The ThinkPad can be positioned in three different modes, namely Tent, Stand and Desktop modes, besides the default laptop and tablet modes, so it can cater to any working position or task you might want to use it for. It features either 4GB or 8GB RAM and either 128GB or 256GB e-drive storage. It runs on Windows 8.1, like Acer’s new hybrid tablets and includes a digitizer pen, smart card reader, microHDMI,Bluetooth 4.0 and an optional WWAN feature. Lenovo stressed the fact that the device is for enterprise use mainly, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use it for other constructive activities… If you know what I mean.
The hybrid device can reach up to 12 hours of battery life with the Intel Core M/Core M vPro processor running it. But there’s a catch here. Lenovo will be shipping the ThinkPad Helix with a standard keyboard dock which will only allow 8 hours of work on battery. The aforementioned 12 hours can only be reached with Lenovo’s Ultrabook Pro keyboard, which is set to launch much later, in January 2015.That’s not nice!
Since we’re talking about hybrids, we should mention Lenovo’s convertible too, namely the Lenovo Edge 15 (or Flex 2 Pro) laptop, which looks awesome based on its promo photos from IFA Berlin. The Edge 15’s selling point is the fact that you can use it in laptop mode and stand mode as well, thanks to the 300 degree hinges mounted on its chassis. Lenovo’s convertible is less than an inch thick with the lid closed and weighs about 5 pounds, standing out from the crowd of thicker convertible devices out there.
What we know about its specs is that it sports a 15 inch touch-capable 1080p screen, backlit keyboard and a touchpad, Dolby home audio all powered by an Intel i7 processor with 16 GB RAM and an optional NVIDIA GeForce GT840M 4GB GPU. Allegedly, the laptop will cost $700 or $800, which is less than the Thinkpad Helix, even though it’s a much more powerful device. I guess Lenovo is thinking that customers will pay more to have an extra-flexible and portable device, and they might be spot on.