Lenovo ThinkPad Helix convertible Windows 8 tablet with LTE reaches FCC

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix convertible Windows 8 tablet with LTE reaches FCC

Summary: This time around, the rumored 11.6-inch laptop/tablet hybrid hits the FCC with AT&T LTE capabilities built in.

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A couple of months ago, a few Chinese tech sites were hyping a forthcoming Lenovo ThinkPad Windows 8 convertible tablet, the Helix, though it was never confirmed by Lenovo whether it would be released in the U.S. But a good sign has emerged in the form of FCC filings for the device.

After a Wi-Fi version reached the commission, a new model has been spotted there, this time with LTE baked into the system. Specifically, the LTE support includes an AT&T-specific 700MHz band, as well as AWS bands (1,700MHz and 2,100MHz). 

Specs that have already been reported for the Helix include a 1080p 11.6-inch display (1,920x1,080 resolution) that's fully detachable for tablet use, Intel Ivy Bridge processor options, and a keyboard dock with the familiar ThinkPad pointing stick. It's also rumored to get 10 hours of battery life, though Intel-based Windows 8 tablet devices aren't expected to be battery champs.

With Lenovo still mum, we have no idea when the ThinkPad Helix might be available, and for what price. But the new FCC filing could mean we will see the Helix pop up at next month's CES trade show.

[Via Engadget

Topics: Tablets, Laptops, Lenovo, Windows 8

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  • while it sounds great in theory

    based on battery life of all ivy bridge tablets so far, I find 10 hours very hard to believe. weight and fan noise/heat are also potential issues. if this thing really has that battery life, it probably either weighs a ton, or 10 hours is the life of the tablet plus dock together with a second battery in the dock.
    theoilman
    • But...

      That might be okay. If the keyboard part does have a battery, it should have a little heft, hence making the machine stable when placed on a table/lap. It has reasonable looks, ThinkPads have nice keyboards, and personally I think Windows 8 is better as a laptop OS anyway (very unconvinced about it being an 'iPad-killer').

      This little machine seems very cool indeed, and a ScrollPoint/TouchPad as well as touchscreen - there's a lot to like here.
      jeremychappell
      • I'll reserve judgement for when a full review comes out

        if it could stay around 650 grams for the tablet portion and still have say 5 hours it would be worthwhile I think, though like I said I'm kinda doubtful it can pull off both. if either of those numbers budges much I think the sacrifices are too large.
        theoilman
  • Has the required features

    1920x1080 resolution. That's good. Finally some decent specs for this type of office/field device. I like the that the screen tablet is detachable and reversible. I like the Core i7, 17W I gather. And the keyboard offering both that nub I've grown accustomed to, plus a pad. I've got a monstrously powerful desktop as well, so I'm wondering, will I be able to use this keyboard for the desktop as well? My fingers and neurology get used to a certain keyboard, so I could see this as my only keyboard, and using the tablet as a secondary computer when in the office. The Lenovo's styling is dated, but I don't really care if it's got the features and performance I need.
    gadgety