Did you think Lenovo was done with its announcements yesterday? Well, they’re back for more. In round two, they announced the 2-in-1 ThinkPad Helix, the Horizon series which blurs the line between desktop and tablet, the Think Centre Tiny in One, and the Edge 15 folding laptop. We’ll start with the ThinkPad Helix.
Many 2-in-1 combination tablet/notebooks have hit the market, and with the ThinkPad Helix, Lenovo promises a better one. The convertible features a 11.6″ screen and will work in 5 different modes. You can pull it out of the keyboard dock and use it as a tablet. Once docked it becomes an ultrabook laptop. The deck is reversible which allows the tablet to be used in tent, desktop, and stand modes. Its powered by a Core-M CPU and gets up to 12 hours of battery life. All in all, the Helix weighs less than 3 pounds. You have you choice of Ultrabook and Ultrabook Pro Keyboard docks.
The ThinkPad Helix starts at $999 with the Ultrabook Keyboard.
Horizon 2S and 2E
The Horizon series is a type of computer that defies classification. Lenovo calls them Tabletop, but they are effectively a desktop sized-tablet. Today, Lenovo launched the 21.5″ Horizon 2E and the 19.5″ Horizon 2S. Both displays are full-HD 1920 x 1080. They take the concept of the original Horizon 2 and make it a little smaller and more accessible. The Horizon 2S is only 0.59″ thick and is weighs about as much as a 15″ laptop. It’s only 1/3rd the weight of the original Horizon. They can standup vertical or they can lay flat on the tables. They can even be used as a digital game board with optional accessories. Both use 4th gen Intel core processors.
The Horizon 2S costs $949 while the Horizon 2E will chime in at $749.
Think Centre Tiny in One
The Think Centre Tiny in One is not a computer per say, but it’s a very interesting concept. This 23″ is a docking station for a ThinkCentre Tiny PC that effectively turns the combination into an all-in-one. Compared to traditional AIOs, this allows the monitor to be kept while changing out the brains for a new Think Centre Tiny. The Tiny in One adds additional USB 3.0 ports to the host computer and is VESA mounted.
The Tiny in One 23 will ship in October through he company’s business channels.
The Edge 15 is a new, powerful, but thin and light, 15″ notebook. It’s known as the Flex 2 Outside of North America. It has a 300 degree hinge to be able to operate in stand mode as well as a laptop. When I said power, I wasn’t lying. The Edge features 4th gen Core i7 CPUs, Nvidia GeForce GT840M graphics with 4GB of memory or Intel HD 4400, 16GB of fast DDR3L memory, and either a 1TB Hard drive with 16GB SSD cache or a 256GB SSD. It also features a backlit keyboard and a Full HD display.
The Edge 15 ships in October for $899.
Stay tuned for more of Geek Beat’s continuing IFA 2014 Coverage.
Source: Lenovo Press Release