Lenovo has refreshed the ThinkPad Helix with Intel’s new Core M processors, and it looks like they may have a solid contender in the convertible laptop market. With a proper computer grade processor it is definitely more powerful than most of the other convertibles shown at IFA 2014, but it is technically also a little more expensive.
Like the previous ThinkPad Helix, this new model features a slate PC that docks with the keyboard. It also retains the option to dock the slate backwards. At 11.6-inches it is a little bigger than most convertibles of its type, although that is the tradeoff for the performance Lenovo is trying to get out of this machine. The display is a FHD screen capable of resolution up to 1920 x 1080, all powered by Intel HD 4000 graphics.
Inside is either an Intel Core M or Core M vPro; with a choice between 4GB and 8GB of RAM. Consumers also have a choice between five different internal storage options, ranging from the usual SATA HDD to the 180GB Intel drive. It promises to have something for everyone, and maybe a little more.
Lenovo will also be providing two different choices of keyboard docks. The basic model features a magnetic clip and doesn’t have a built in battery. When the Intel Core M vPro version arrives it will do so with the Ultrabook Pro keyboard that actually does have a spare battery built in, along with a swivel hinge for rotating the display and signature red TrackPoint.
The ThinkPad Helix Will be available from October starting from US$999.