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.
New Lenovo Devices Transform to Fit the Board Room, Game Room and Beyond
Lenovo advances 2-in-1 ThinkPad Helix for business and family-friendly HORIZON tabletop PCs with
ThinkPad Helix ups the ante for business detachable devices with security, premium processing and no moving parts
HORIZON 2s and 2e offer consumers choices of ultra-thin, more portable tabletop PC or budget-friendly models
ThinkCentre Tiny-in-One (TIO) 23 is Lenovo’s first detach-and-build modular all-in-one (AIO) business PC
Edge 15 dual mode laptop for work and play offers long battery life
thinner and lighter designs
BERLIN, GERMANY – September 4, 2014: Lenovo (HKSE: 922) (ADR: LNVGY) today announced at the 2014 IFA
Consumer Electronics Unlimited show in Berlin a portfolio of business and consumer devices that provide tailored
solutions to some of the most common business user headaches and that delight consumers in unexpected ways. The
lineup starts with the new ThinkPad Helix, a complete business 2-in-1 Ultrabook that elevates thin and light design and
takes multimode computing to the next level with the latest state of the art hardware. Lenovo also introduced two new all-
in-one (AIO) tabletop PCs: the 19.5-inch HORIZON 2s, Lenovo’s thinnest tabletop PC packed with premium features, plus
the 21.5-inch HORIZON 2e, Lenovo’s most affordable tabletop PC. In addition, Lenovo announced the ThinkCentre Tiny-
in-One 23, a new way for businesses to customize a secure AIO desktop solution, and the thinner and lighter Edge 15, an
ultra-sleek dual-mode laptop for consumers.
An Unmatched Business 2-in-1 Ultrabook
To meet the needs of business customers wanting a tablet for when they’re on-the-go, and a laptop for an extra level of
productivity, Lenovo gives them the best of both worlds with the ThinkPad Helix, now even thinner and lighter and more
fully-featured. The tablet portion of ThinkPad Helix weighs 1.8 pounds, and measures only 0.38 inches, 15 percent thinner
than its predecessor.
The new ThinkPad Helix sets an even higher standard for business 2-in-1 Ultrabooks with its top-of-the-line hardware and
software technologies for unmatched flexibility, productivity and connectivity. This high performance Ultrabook packs even
more power with the all new Intel® CoreTM M processor, providing even better performance than the previous generation.
Running on the trusted build and durability of Think-branded products, ThinkPad Helix also looks great with its sleek and
premium finish. Fashioned from an aluminum grip-friendly finish, it provides a professional image for business. The
ThinkPad Helix also features an astonishing 12 hours of battery life, an improvement of 60 percent over its predecessor
with the Ultrabook Pro Keyboard.
With the Ultrabook Pro Keyboard 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.
The ThinkPad Helix includes Windows 8.1 Pro and a suite of add-on security options, including biometric fingerprint
reader, military-grade smart card reader and three factor authentication. The 2-in-1 also comes pre-loaded with software
offerings like Lenovo Settings, Lenovo Companion 2.0, Lenovo Reach and Lenovo SHAREit to keep users’ digital
content organized between different devices and files. Lenovo Settings provides users with the ability to control and
improve their device’s performance and manage system functions easily, automatically and predictably, while Lenovo
Companion 2.0 acts as a central hub for users to learn about their device’s system and how to monitor its health. Lenovo
Reach is a cloud storage service for users to store and access files from multiple devices, and Lenovo SHAREit easily
transfers digital content to any smartphone, PC and tablet.
Users can choose between the ThinkPad Helix with Ultrabook Keyboard, holding up to 8 hours of battery life, or ThinkPad
Helix with Ultrabook Pro Keyboard for even more power with up to 12 hours of battery life. ThinkPad Helix is equipped
with Gorilla® Glass and a large FHD display and paired with the ThinkPad digitizer pen for additional flexibility and
HORIZON 2s and 2e Gives Families More Options for Tabletop PCs
Lenovo’s HORIZON tabletop PCs are continuing to redefine the tabletop computing experience for families. They now
come in thinner and lighter models and more budget-friendly models with the HORIZON 2s and 2e, respectively.
The HORIZON 2s with the “s” representing “slim” epitomizes the concept of a thin and light tabletop PC at just 0.59-inches
and just over five pounds. This machine amazingly shaves 10 pounds off the original HORIZON 2, making it even easier
to carry around from room to room in a house or even outside the home. Designed as a dual work and collaborative
interpersonal device for play, the new HORIZON tabletop PCs provide the same Stand and Flat modes as previous
models. Users can enjoy working in the Windows environment when upright as an AIO and then lay it flat to play games in
Lenovo’s Aura interface.
Both models include Lenovo’s advanced Aura multi-user interface that allows two or more people to access their
individual photos, videos and music together on the same screen. Aura now works even better with Android devices.
Users can pair up to four Android devices at one time for quick access to media from their Android smartphone, tablet or
other device directly on the PC’s FHD display. When it’s time to work, an optional premium aluminum stand accessory
serves as a charging station with the HORIZON 2s placed at a comfortable height for long term use in Stand Mode. The
Horizon 2s Charging Stand will be sold for $89.99.
For those on a budget, the new HORIZON 2e comes with a 21.5-inch FHD screen starting at just $749.
Both the HORIZON 2s and 2e come with up a 4th generation Intel® CoreTM processor and genuine Windows 8.1, along
with near field communications (optional on the 2e) for a seamless digital content sharing experience, and Bluetooth 4.0
for fast device pairing. Both models feature integrated Dolby® Home Theater® stereo speakers for professional-grade
multimedia sound control and optional gaming accessories, including joystick, e-Dice and striker. The integrated battery
provides up to 2.5 hours of streaming HD via Wi-Fi on the 2s and three hours on the 2e, providing users with enough
power to watch their favorite film a second time without the hassle of plugging in. They also both come pre-installed with
more than 40 multi-user gaming and education applications.
ThinkCentre Tiny-in-One 23: The World’s First Modular All-in-One Desktop for Business
Lenovo’s new ThinkCentre Tiny-in-One (TIO) 23 modular AIO gives businesses the flexibility to “mix and match” a 23-inch
AIO experience with all current ThinkCentre Tiny PCs (sold separately), allowing for separate refresh cycles of a
traditional tower setup while offering space saving and outstanding cable management capabilities of an all-in-one PC.
Designed specifically for IT managers, the TIO delivers an outstanding business AIO experience with a brilliant 23-inch
FHD display, front-access USB 3.0 audio ports, an optional ODD and an ergonomic stand that allows for tilt and height
adjustment. Unlike most traditional AIOs, the TIO 23 is powered by a detachable ThinkCentre Tiny PC that seamlessly
locks into the back of the monitor within seconds through a simple tool-less setup process. This unique hybrid
configuration not only provides users with a clean-desk computing experience free from cable clutter but also allows users
to configure their 23-inch AIO with a multitude of different chipsets and CPUs according to their needs, choosing from
different ThinkCentre Tiny PC products. When it comes time to upgrade or service the system, users can simply pop the
old Tiny PC out of the TIO, drop the new one in and resume back to work in less than two minutes.
Users in enterprise, education, and government will particularly enjoy additional ease-of-deployment features such as the
single standard Lenovo power adapter to power both the monitor and the Tiny PC. Being VESA compatible, users also
have the flexibility to deploy the system on a variety of VESA-compatible mounts, stands, and brackets. TIO offers
enhanced physical security for the Tiny PC with an advanced locking mechanism that secures Tiny and the TIO’s optional
ODD module inside the system when a Kensington cable lock is attached.
Edge 15 Thins Out the Dual Mode Competition in Style
To respond to consumer need for an even thinner and lighter dual mode laptop, Lenovo created the Edge 15. At under an
inch thin and weighing just over five pounds, the Edge 15 convertible laptop is Lenovo’s thinnest and 15-inch consumer
laptop yet. Encased in a premium aluminum chassis, a 300-degree hinge offers users an easy way to transition between
its two modes: Laptop and Stand. With the AccuType backlit keyboard and touchpad, using the Edge 15 in Laptop Mode
makes typing comfortable on this Windows 8.1 laptop. When it’s time to kick back, flip the Edge 15 into Stand Mode to
enjoy intuitive touch applications or make a video call with the integrated 720p HD webcam and crisp dual array digital
The Edge 15 features a 15.6-inch IPS FHD display that supports 10-point multi-touch for a more interactive computing
experience. Paired with NVIDIA® GeForce® GT840M 4GB or integrated Intel® HD Graphics and Dolby Home Theater
stereo speakers, the Edge 15 provides a rich entertainment experience. The Edge 15 also boasts all-day power with an
up to eight hour battery1
on the road, at a business meeting or at the local coffee shop.
Under the hood, the Edge 15 packs a powerful punch with up to the latest 4th generation Intel® CoreTM i5 or i7 processor,
8GB of DDR3L memory, choice of up to 1TB of HHD, hybrid SSHD storage with integrated 16GB NAND flash or up to
256GB SSD storage and Lenovo’s SHAREit software.
Pricing and Availability2
‒ The Lenovo HORIZON 2s will be available beginning in September with models starting at $949 via
‒ The Lenovo HORIZON 2e will be available beginning in October with models starting at $749 via
‒ The ThinkPad Helix will be available beginning in October with models starting at $999 (with Ultrabook
. This makes the Edge 15 ideal for users who don’t want to be tied down with a power cord when
‒ The Lenovo Edge 15 will be available beginning in October with models starting at $899 via Best Buy
‒ The ThinkCentre Tiny-in-One 23 starts at $279 and will be beginning October via business partners
major retailers and www.lenovo.com.
major retailers and www.lenovo.com.
keyboard) and models with the Ultrabook Pro keyboard will be available in January worldwide via
business partners and www.lenovo.com.
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