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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