IFA 2014 | Lenovo reveals updated ThinkPad Helix detachable and Edge 15 convertible
Coming right off the bat of yesterday's announcement, Lenovo today unveiled details on two more portables at IFA 2014. This time, however, these two are updates to to existing models with revised hardware and features.
Update 2014-09-06: Hands-On video with the new Helix 2
First up is the updated 11.6-inch ThinkPad Helix, which is expected to be noticeably thinner and lighter than its predecessor at 0.38 inches thick and 1.8 pounds for the tablet portion of the detachable. The processor will be upgraded to Intel's upcoming Core M Series and the chassis will utilize the same FHD glass display and aluminum grip for handling. Like the Yoga models, the Helix will continue to support multiple modes including Tablet, Stand, Tent, and Laptop. Note that two different Keyboard attachments will be made available; one providing 8 hours of runtime (Ultrabook Keyboard) and the other up to 12 hours (Ultrabook Pro Keyboard) according to Lenovo.
Moving away from the business end and onto to the consumer side is the Edge 15, which will be Lenovo's "thinnest 15-inch consumer laptop yet" at a weight and thickness of just five pounds and less than an inch, respectively. The model is not to be confused with the older ThinkPad Edge 15 as it has more in common with the budget Flex Series including the 300-degree hinge for Stand and Laptop modes, but with a higher-quality aluminum chassis. Hardware features include a 15.6-inch FHD IPS touchscreen display, Intel Haswell Core i7 CPU, Nvidia GeForce GT 840M graphics, 8 GB DDR3L RAM, and integrated 16 GB SSD with SSHD/HDD options.
The ThinkPad Helix and Edge 15 will be available in North America this October for $999 (with Ultrabook Keyboard) and $899, respectively. The longer-lasting Ultrabook Pro Keyboard model will come later in January.
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