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Lenovo Launches ThinkPad Helix and ThinkPad Tablet 2

Lenovo’s ThinkPad line is known for its sturdy build and enterprise level features. Bring those corporate expectations to ultrabook convertibles (yes, that’s the new name for tablets that detach from a keyboard base or swivel back or both) and you have two of what maybe the best spec’d corporate Windows 8 touch devices to date.

Lenovo just launched locally the ThinkPad Helix (below) and the ThinkPad Tablet 2 (main image above).

The Lenovo ThinkPad Helix is a tablet convertible on steroids. And by steroids I mean tablet plus dock running an i5 processor, a big 128GB SSD (yes, please compare that with the Microsoft Surface’s storage), full ports, a pen for signing documents and sketching, a keyboard dock-base that extends battery life, and a cool Rip and Flip feature – you can undock the tablet (when in laptop mode) and flip it to face the other side and re dock it.

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix: with tablet yanked from its keyboard dock. The dock prioritizes charging the tablet first and also intelligently lowers power consumption depending on the mode the Helix is on, to prolong usage time.

It’s hard to think of the Helix, given its four modes, as either a tablet with a dock or a laptop whose screen volts out into a stand alone tablet.

Lenovo ThinkPad HELIX Specs

11.6″ Full HD IPS Screen (1920×1080)
10 Point Touch, Digitizer Pen
Intel Core i5-3337U ULV Processor (2.70GHz)
4GB Memory, 180GB mSATA SSD Storage
Windows 8 Professional
Intel SSF QS77 w/ HD Graphics GT2
3G, Near Field Communication
Comes with Digitizer Pen
2MP 1080p Front Camera, 5MP 1080p Rear Camera
Ports:

  • tablet: (1) USB 2.0, (1) SIM Card
  • clamshell (base): (1) USB 3.0, (1) Mini Display Port

Battery life:

  • as a Tablet: up to 6 hours
  • when docked into base (laptop clamshell mode): up to 10 hours
  • when docked as a tablet (tablet + mode): up to 10 hours

Weight

  • tablet: 1.84lbs
  • clamshell (docked): 3.75lbs

SRP PhP 78,990.00

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix: docked, with the tablet flat on its docking base.

Available configs include i5 and i7 processors, up to 8GB Memory, and 180GB or 256GB SSD

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix: Stand Mode.

That kind of specs comes at a price, and a trade off: the Helix comes off as slightly chunky, but when you start using it, you know this baby is rugged. It won’t let MacGyver down.

Francis Ivan P. Judan, Product and Distribution Manager for SMBs, Lenovo Philippines, mirrors the contents of the Helix on his left into the bigger screen on his right.

The other item launched is something I’ve been nerd-watering for, the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2.

Ms. Vicky Agorrilla, Country General Manager, Lenovo Philippines, holding the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 with its optional docking keyboard.

What’s to salivate about? First, the price (cheaper than the Lenovo Yoga 11S despite the Tablet 2′s being aimed at corporate), and second and third, the digitizer pen and dock keyboard – which both, sadly, do not come with the kit but are optional. There’s a fourth reason: MS Office 2013 comes with. Finally, there’s a Micro SD card port, for storage expansion.

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2, laptop mode. I tried and loved the keyboard. That trackpoint is useful when you're on desktop-legacy app mode.

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 Specs

10.1″ (16:9) Multitouch IPS (1366×768)
10 Point Touch, Digitizer Pen
Intel Atom Processor Z2760 (1.80GHz)
2Gb Memory, 32GB Storage
Windows 8 Professional with MS Office 2013
Intel SGX545 with HD Graphics
USB 2.0 (1), (1) Mini HDMI, (1) Micro SD Slot, (1) Mic/Headphone Combo
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, 2-Cell Li-Polymer Battery (10 hours of battery life)
2MP Front Camera, 8MP Rear Camera
SRP PhP 37,990.00

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 optional bluetooth keyboard dock. There are no batteries in this dock, unlike with the Helix. But they're so comfortable to use.

My only real gripe with the Tablet 2 is that the keyboard dock and digitizer pen are optional, not comes with. Oh well.

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 with optional keyboard and optional digitizer pen.

The ThinkPad Helix (Php 78,990.00) and ThinkPad Tablet 2 (Php 37,990.00 ) will be available in Think Exclusive Stores (TES) and corporate channel partners by the end of June and by July, respectively.

Irwin Allen Rivera

Irwin Allen Rivera

Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. He and his wife maintain www.storiesaboutph.com, where you can read the best short fiction in English, by Filipino authors, for free. Irwin's English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appears in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing full-time. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007).

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