At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Lenovo has announced two new additions to its family of convertible laptop-tablet devices. 
The ThinkPad Helix, a premium convertible for business professionals featuring a “rip and flip” design – a blueprint for the next generation of laptop designs – and a more powerful and productive IdeaPad Yoga 11S, the first multimode mini ultrabook equipped with powerful Intel processors and featuring Windows 8.
“Our unmatched family of convertibles gives consumers, students, business professionals, and everyone in between the opportunity to choose the convertible that’s right for them,” says Peter Hortensius, president: product group and senior VP at Lenovo.
“The ThinkPad Helix gives business professionals two devices in one incredible form factor. It is a high performance, thin and light ultrabook with a detachable Windows 8 tablet. We’ve also pumped more power and productivity into the new IdeaPad Yoga 11S mini-ultrabook so it can handle whatever mobile computing tasks consumers throw at it.”
The ThinkPad brand’s premium convertible, Helix, defines the next generation of mobile computing through its ground breaking “rip and flip” design. This special design gives users absolute mobile freedom and versatility with four ways to use it.
ThinkPad Helix first functions as a high performance ultrabook. For added mobility, the 11,6-inch tablet can separate from its base to become the thinnest full-function Intel third generation Core tablet with vPro. Adding to its mobility, the tablet weighs 835g, also making it the lightest in its class.
Unlike other convertibles, the innovative “rip and flip” screen lets users flip the tablet 180-degrees 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.
Besides its game-changing design, the ThinkPad Helix comes with exceptional performance and productivity features that set the bar for this type of device. A top-class ultrabook, the ThinkPad Helix runs up to 10 hours for a full day of work and play.
Navigation and interaction are easy with the precision on-board pen, full-size keyboard and new five button clickpad that boasts 20% more surface area than traditional ThinkPad clickpads. As the brightest screen in the ThinkPad brand portfolio, Helix’s 11,6-inch high definition 1080p IPS display maximises clear, crisp and vibrant visuals in nearly any environment.
To connect virtually anywhere, ThinkPad Helix comes with optional LTE2 high speed wireless and also pioneers the emerging near field communications (NFC) technology that allows devices to share data seamlessly by simply tapping to pair them.
Additionally, Helix delivers the ThinkPad brand’s reliability, enhanced security and manageability features that large businesses depend upon, including Intel vPro. Helix redefines expectations for mobile computing by bringing together innovative technology and engineering that essentially eliminate the need to carry a laptop and a tablet.
Lenovo also launched the IdeaPad Yoga11S convertible, which comes equipped with a new low power lineup from Intel with up to a third generation Intel Core i5 processor and Windows 8 to give users the full power of multitasking and using Office applications, all in a 0,68-inch thin frame.
Like its predecessor, users can work with Yoga 11S as a laptop, or flip the screen around to turn it into a great sized tablet. Even convert Yoga 11S into stand or tent modes for a space-saving way to watch movies, as it’s tuned with great Dolby Home Theatre audio and Intel integrated high definition graphics.
IdeaPad Yoga 11S features an 11,6-inch HD IPS display that supports 10-finger multi-touch and comes with unique features previously only available on Yoga 13.
Motion Control lets users simply swipe their hand in front of the Web cam to advance photos, videos and other document, and with Lenovo Transition, users can automatically open applications like PowerPoint in full-screen when using Yoga in its other three modes: tent; stand; or tablet.
IdeaPad Yoga 11S also has the same rubber painting and a soft-touch exterior as the IdeaPad Yoga 13 and will be available in Silver Grey and Clementine Orange.