Lenovo unveils a 2-in-1 Thinkpad Helix Ultrabook with a detachable design and Windows 8.1

Lenovo Thinkpad Helix

IFA 2014 is going on in full force, with several OEMs announcing a wide range of devices — not just smartphones and tablets, but PCs, ultrabooks and desktops as well. Yesterday, Lenovo unveiled two gaming devices, a laptop and a desktop as well, but it doesn’t mean the company is done with the event. Recently, Lenovo announced an updated ThinkPad Helix Ultrabook, featuring a two-in-one detachable design so users can use it for various purposes.

The detachable design offer users with five usage modes, including tablet, stand, tent, laptop, and desktop. “The ThinkPad Helix retains the five modes users rely on to stay productive – Tablet, Stand, Tent, Laptop, and Desktop. The versatile and detachable ThinkPad Helix allows users to work comfortably typing on its legendary ThinkPad keyboard or to take notes and sketch with its digitizer pen. Then to switch from laptop to tablet, simply rip and go. Or to place it in Tent or Stand Mode, rip and then flip the 11.6-inch laptop’s screen 180° and re-insert into the base,” Lenovo said in the official press release

Weighing only 1.8 pounds, the laptop features an 11.6-inch FHD display sporting a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels with a 16:9 aspect ratio, and Intel 4000 for graphics. It’s powered by the latest Intel Core M processor with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage space on board. As far as the operating system is concerned, the notebook comes with a full-fledged Windows 8.1 Pro out of the box, with support of a digitizer pen so that you can use it in various applications — oh, look, Surface Pro 3 may have a solid competitor.

Along with the standard keyboard dock, Lenovo is offering users with a Pro keyboard dock which they claim can provide extended battery life. Lenovo ThinkPad Helix will hit retail in October starting at $999, and will be available worldwide.

What do you think about the new detachable laptop plus tablet from Lenovo? Do you think Surface Pro 3 may have solid competitor? Sound off in the comments below.

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