Lenovo delays ThinkPad Helix Windows 8 convertible until March-April

As part of its CES 2013 announcements in January, Lenovo revealed its newest Windows 8 convertible notebook-tablet hybrid, the ThinkPad Helix. At the time, the device was supposed to ship sometime in late February. Unfortunately, it looks like we'll have to wait a bit longer to get our hands on this promising Windows 8 product.

In a response to a recent customer's inquiry on its official Facebook page, Lenovo admitted, " .. unfortunately we received word that it will be delayed till March or April. More details will be announced soon." No specific reasons were given for the delay.

The 11.6-inch screen of the ThinkPad Helix is supposed to detach from its keyboard base so it can be used a a separate tablet. At CES 2013, Lenovo added:

Unlike other convertibles, the innovative “rip and flip” screen lets users flip the tablet 180° and snap it back into the base – this mode, called Stand mode, transforms Helix into a mini-movie theatre or business presentation central. From here, users can also fold the screen down to use it as a tablet while keeping the base connected for added ports and connectivity.

Lenovo says the ThinkPad Helix will have a total battery life of 10 hours when both the tablet screen and keyboard are connected together. It will support Intel Core i7 processors, up to 8 GB of RAM and up to a 256 GB SSD. Pricing for the ThinkPad Helix will start at $1,499.

On Monday, Microsoft's Windows CFO Tami Reller admitted that the company didn't have enough Windows 8 touchscreen-based products for the launch of the OS. However, it appears that at least some OEM makers are still encountering issues with getting new Windows 8 products to stores in a timely manner.

Source: Lenovo Facebook page | Image via Lenovo

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This is my dream machine. The only thing I would do differently is bump the RAM to 16GB, but I'll take 8GB if I can find a good price on one (such as a refurb in the Lenovo Outlet).

No one else has made this style. The ATIV Smart PC Pro doesn't include a battery in the keyboard and ASUS never released their transformer books.

Fujitsu Stylistic Q702. Was supposed to come out before windows 8 came out, then be easily upgradable. They dropped the ball, it came out after windows 8, but with windows 7 on it. They are now selling preinstalled with windows 8. My boss has one and its a fantastic machine, even if the resolution is low and it doesn't have an option yet for WWAN.

That looks like a very nice device, but with the lower resolution screen I'd rather wait for the Helix considering it will start at $1500 which is also cheaper than the Fujitsu device.

My money goes to Haswell CPU dependency. Whenever Intel ships the chips, Lenovo will include them in their Helix devices.

Sounds like an excellent device for business users. I brought a Lenovo desktop for a family member and was impressed with the build quality.

Nonetheless, the downside is that the mechanism described sounds like it could break easily, but I guess we'll have to wait for the product to arrive to really see if that is the case or not.