CES 2013: Lenovo announces Helix Hybrid Ultrabook

Lenovo has turned heads before with its hybrid designs, but the latest offerings from the PC maker - two 11-inch hybrid ultrabooks - may also bring the shoppers calling with equal parts innovation and usefulness. The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S and the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix put Windows 8 into the hands of consumers and enterprise users alike, with Windows 8, touch screens, and compact convertible designs.

The Lenovo ThinkPad Helix is a powerful enterprise-grade ultrabook, with Intel Core processing (up to Core i7) and an innovative "Rip and Flip" design that lets you use the Helix as a standard ultrabook, detach the display completely for use as a standalone tablet, or flip the display around to use the keyboard and mouse in stand mode. The Helix features a capacitive touch screen with 10-point tracking and a digitizer pen, and an impressive 1920x1080 resolution, 400-nit brightness, 11.6in display.

When used as a standard ultrabook, the Helix has a full keyboard, and Lenovo's glass-surfaced click pad. With USB 3.0, an Ethernet port, mini-DisplayPort, mini HDMI output, and up to 256GB solid-state drive, the Helix is a full-featured ultrabook.

Additional features include a near-field communication (NFC) sensor for easy pairing of wireless devices, front and back facing 1080p cameras, and an estimated 10-hour battery life - 5 hours using the tablet alone, and an additional 5 hours when connected to the keyboard base.

The slim ultrabook weighs only 1.84 pounds when used as a tablet alone (3.68 pounds with keyboard), and measures a mere 0.80 inch thick. For on the go connectivity, the Helix comes with optional LTE wireless broadband, and enterprise users will also benefit from Lenovo's usual mix of security and manageability features, including Intel vPro. The Lenovo ThinkPad Helix will be available starting in late-February, with configurations starting at $1,499, around £900.