Lenovo ThinkPad Helix convertible Windows 8 tablet with LTE reaches FCC

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


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