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Lenovo's hybrid laptops get smaller with the Yoga 11S, Helix tablet

Loyd Case | Jan. 8, 2013
Lenovo continued its deluge of new Windows 8 product offerings at CES 2013, with key additions to its line of Windows 8 hybrid laptops announced Monday, including a smaller IdeaPad Yoga 11S. These new laptops follow up on the company's earlier announcements of touch-based additions to its IdeaPad and ThinkPad clamshell line.

The Helix offers a laundry list of features that make it desirable for road warriors. The 11.6-inch screen is an IPS panel with 1920 by 1080 pixel resolution--the same resolution you'd find on a 1080p HDTV. The tablet supports full 10-point multitouch, and it includes a digitizer pen if you prefer using a stylus over your fingertips. Lenovo will offer configurations with up to 8GB of DDR3 memory and a range of Intel Core i5 and i7 CPUs. Two 1080p capable webcams, front and back, are also included.

The Helix is the first Lenovo Windows 8 Ultrabook to include support for optional 4G LTE mobile broadband,in addition to the built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The Helix comes with NFC (Near Field Communication) "tap-and-go" support, so you can exchange data between two Helix systems by simply tapping them together.

Bottom line: Lenovo pushes the envelope

The IdeaPad Yoga 11S, with its $799 entry price, offers a good Windows 8 hybrid feature set at more affordable prices without compromising overall performance, although its three pound weight is still a little high for an 11.6-inch device.

The Helix is the road warrior's dream machine with its HD-resolution screen, optional LTE support, detachable tablet, and ThinkPad keyboard, but the price of entry is pretty steep. Entry level configurations start at $1499, and go up from there. Still, the Helix offers just about everything a mobile business user will need in one relatively compact system.

Both the Yoga 11S and ThinkPad Helix will be available in late February.

 

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