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Lenovo announces ThinkPad Helix and IdeaPad Yoga 11S convertibles

Check out our reviews of the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S and the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix convertible laptops.

Lenovo’s reputation as an innovator at CES is exemplified with the announcement of two new products. Both are convertible Ultrabooks with high-resolution displays and unique designs.

First is the IdeaPad Yoga 11S. This smaller version of the existing IdeaPad Yoga 13, which we rated an 8 out of 10, ships with Windows 8 Professional. It also offers some high-end hardware options such as a Core i5 processor and up to 8GB of RAM. It ships with a 1366 x 768 IPS display, and can be had in grey, pink, or orange (shown above). Lenovo is touting the Yoga 11 as “the world’s first mini Ultrabook,” but we’ll have to get our hands on it before we can tell how the 11-inch model compares to its larger sibling. 

Next, and entirely new, is the ThinkPad Helix. This convertible uses a unique “rip and flip” design that lets the user remove the display and then re-attach it in the opposite orientation. All hardware is kept in the display, however, which means the device can still be used as a Windows tablet without the keyboard attached. Lenovo is gearing the Helix towards business users, and its Gorilla Glass, pen touch input, and Intel vPro for professional grade, hardware-based security will definitely appeal to enterprise users.  

The Helix comes equipped with an Intel Core i3 processor and can be upgraded up to a Core i7. Weight is just under four pounds when used as a laptop and less than two pounds when separated from the keyboard. Other features include an 11.6-inch 1080p IPS multi-touch display, near-field communications, and optional 3G/4G connectivity.

Consumers can grab the Helix in late February for $1,499. The Yoga 11S will not see store shelves until June and is expected to ship with an MSRP of $799.