Lenovo's ThinkPad Helix is Just Weeks Away

Paul Lilly

The ThinkPad Helix supports four distinct modes.

Surface Pro is off to a rocky start , at least as far as early reviews are concerned, many of which complain about short battery life. Will Microsoft's hardware partners do a better job with their own versions of Surface? Microsoft is counting on it, noting that the best devices have yet to come out. One Windows 8 device on the horizon is Lenovo's ThinkPad Helix, another notebook-slash-tablet PC, but with a twist.

The ThinkPad Helix supports four different modes. There's the traditional laptop form factor for getting work down with up to 10 hours of battery life, or you can detach the display and use it as a cool and quiet tablet. What's unique here is that the display can be mounted back on the notebook facing outward, which Lenovo refers to as Stand mode. And finally, you can close the device with the screen facing up for a "Closed" view.

We had a chance to see (and catch on video ) the Helix in person at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) last month (jump to the 3 minute mark).

So, when is the Helix coming out? After talk of a delay, a Lenovo spokesman told CNet today that Helix will ship in early March. Exactly when is still not known, but we take that the mean within the first two weeks of March.

You can also sign up on Lenovo's product page for Helix to receive an email notification.

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