Lenovo reveals Yoga 11S and ThinkPad Helix Windows 8 convertibles

Lenovo announced a ton of new Windows 8 PCs on Sunday as part of its CES 2013 announcements, and it has now added two more to the mix. The PC maker has announced two upcoming Windows 8 notebook-tablet convertible products, including a new version of its previously launched Yoga 11 product.

While the Yoga 11 is using Windows RT, the new Yoga 11S is using Windows 8 and Intel Core i5 processors. The three pound 11.6 inch Ultrabook has the hinge feature of the Yoga 11 and the Yoga 13 that allows the touchscreen to flip around and be used as a tablet. It supports up to 8 GB of RAM and up to a 256 GB SSD for storage. It will go on sale in June with the starting price of $799.

Lenovo also announced the ThinkPad Helix, another 11.6 inch convertible but with a design that allows the screen to detach and be used as a separate tablet. Lenovo states:

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.

The ThinkPad Helix will have a battery life of five hours in tablet model with an increase to 10 hours when attached to the keyboard base. It will support Intel Core i7 processors, up to 8 GB of RAM and up to a 256 GB SSD. It will also come with a digitizer pen for more precise interface control. It will be released in late February but it will be a bit more expensive than the Yoga 11S, with prices starting at $1,499.

Source: Lenovo press release | Images via Lenovo

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So it seems like we will be lucky to get a second generation of powerful Windows 8 tablets anytime soon. Acer Iconia W700, Samsung 700T and the Microsoft Surface pro. The Samsung is expensive and the Surface Pro walks all over the W700. The W700 only comes with a Bluetooth keyboard. Essentially there is no realistic competition to the Surface Pro on release and there probably won't be for a competitor for a few months afterwards. I can't wait for the Surface Pro but I'm annoyed that HP, Acer, Asus, Dell and Samsung have failed to compete.

The 700T will drop in price but theres not that much between them, with KB case the Surface pro will be circa $1100AUD and the samsung 128GB is $1350 likely to be $1299 by that time. The samsung packs a bigger screen, full (and good) hardware KB, is lighter (on tablet per tablet basis) and its battery life titty thumps the surface pro. Although the surface does have a nicer digitser by the looks of it.

The point being its not exactly like for like so price differences are expected.

is nice to see some windows 8 hardware coming out but aren't these coming really late to the game, nearly a year after the general release of windows 8?????

korupt_one said,
is nice to see some windows 8 hardware coming out but aren't these coming really late to the game, nearly a year after the general release of windows 8?????

Want to rethink this?