Lenovo Unveils 11-inch Yoga 11S and Thinkpad Helix
The 13-inch Lenovo Ideapad Yoga was one of the most impressive Windows 8 convertible notebooks we've seen so far. However, the same can't be said about the 11-inch version which runs Windows RT and a Tegra 3 processor. Lenovo must have heeded their users' complaints, which explains why we'd get to see the Yoga 11S soon.
The Yoga 11S looks and behaves exactly like its predecessor, except it's running a full consumer-low-voltage processor (up to i5), as well as the full version of Windows 8. This means you can install legacy applications that work on Windows 7, something that the awkward Windows RT-based Yoga 11 can't do.
Unfortunately, according to Slashgear, the 11-inch Yoga 11S Ultrabook won't be available till June 2013. This could make it obsolete when next-generation Intel processors like the Haswell arrive on the scene. The Yoga 11S starts at US$799.
Besides the Yoga 11S, Lenovo also took the chance to introduce the 11-inch Lenovo Thinkpad Helix. The Helix is a full-fledged enterprise Ultrabook which doubles up as a multi-touch tablet when removed from its dock. According to Lenovo, the Helix is "the thinnest full-function Intel 3rd generation Core tablet with vPro."
This makes it similar in concept to Samsung's Ativ Pro hybrid notebooks. Like the Ativ Pro, the Helix also has a hidden stylus that gives you an extra input option. However the Helix has another trick up its sleeve. Users can "Rip and Flip" the 1080p, IPS display, putting it in "Stand" mode similar to the "Stand" mode found on the Yoga Ultrabooks.
One thing we really like about the Helix is its generous clickpad. To make it work on a small Thinkpad like this, the clickpad was built to include 5 buttons instead of the usual 2. The top three work with the Thinkpad's iconic red pointing stick, while the bottom two work like regular trackpad buttons.
Users can also expect its US$1,499 price tag to include extras like 4G LTE and NFC like a high-end tablet should. Luckily, you don't have to wait too long for the Helix as it will be available in the US by late February 2013.