ThinkPad Helix looks promising

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  1. Mhotep

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    January should be a good month.
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    Great picture, mate! Where did you find it? A manual?

    Funny how the attaching part is so elaborate.... The back plate must be purely for aesthetic purposes, as it streamlines the design when the slate is attached. But why does it need so many connectors?!?! There are 4 connectors in total! The white ones are pretty big and appear to be sophisticated enough to require their own cooling. The silver ones, while smaller, still look abnormally complex to me. Is it possible that there's more to this keyboard-dock than meets the eyes? At first I thought its beefed up engineering was there to support a dozen I/O ports, however, after a careful inspection, I found no ports at all in the keyboard!

    I'm guessing that this overly sophisticated keyboard-dock will hold extra computing elements.... Maybe an extra CPU, or extra RAM, or extra SSD.... CES can't start soon enough.


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    humm, very interesting.
     
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    I'm pretty sure in the instruction manual posted on page 11 it has a video port 2 USB 3 ports and a couple others on the back of the hinge. Honestly I'm just concerned with how top heavy this device will be. Hopefully the keyboard is one giant sheet battery.
     
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    I had thought the same. But the top half is supposed to be under two pounds and the bottom looks fairly hefty and includes a battery. So while it probably won't be balanced as good as a traditional laptop/ultrabook, I still think it will be balanced quite well amd of no concern. IMHO of course.

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    Ohhh. I missed that post! Thanks for pointing it out! I just went back there and repped the poster for the great info. Now I know where ibmthink got his picture from. :) Hmmm, so that explains why the keyboard-dock looks so sophisticated. It has 2 USB3 ports, 1 miniDisplayPort and 1 28Wh battery slice! How cool! The device offers 3 SSD sizes! Neat! I'd be fine with the i3 model! Hopefully Lenovo will develop Win7 drivers for it and price it below 1 Grand.


    Edit: The icing on the cake would be the recently announced 10-Watt Ivy Bridge CPU.

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    This was already posted here earlier this morning.
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    Yea. Well people have been assuming that it will at least come with Intel's new haswell chips. So we should expect better battery life. The real deal breaker for me will be if the RAM is upgradeable. So far based on other tablet devices, that is probably not the case. I'd really like this to have a haswell i5/i7 2GB soldered RAM and an upgradable RAM slot for up to 10GB total. Either way. I have a feeling the base version will be well over a grand considering how expensive other Windows 8 convertibles are with half the functionality of this thing.
     
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    It will be the summer before this things is released if they wait for Haswell chips.

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    Most sites are pegging a March-June timeframe for Haswell product release. With benchmarks already being leaked I would expect many Haswell devices to be announced at CES and released around March. Considering there is no pre-order or even info page available for the Helix yet, it looks to blend nicely.
     
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    I'm a kind of glass half-empty sort of person.

    Considering that Clover Trail Atom devices, which were supposed to have been abundantly available in October for the Windows 8 launch, are still limping their way to the market; I have little confidence that Intel will do any better for Haswell.
     
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    hopefully this will be not the case. After all, Intel has bet heavily on the ulv cpu recently.
     
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    I think that Helix will not use Haswell. It will use the new 10w Ivy CPUs, which will be released in Q1 2013.

    Here a picture of the ports of Helix itself:
    Helix.jpg
     
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    Where did you find this??? It's not from the Chinese Manual posted previously, is it? Can you post a link?
     
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    My thoughts exactly...and yeah where did you find this schematic?

    Thanks for sharing.

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    The more I see of this Hybrid, the more I like it.
     
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    Mine is scheduled for delivery on Jan. 3. I have seen others post that the delivery was earlier.

    Someone must have received one by now. Fill us in and give us at least a mini review.
     
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    I took the picture and the table itself from the chinese manual and replaced the Chinese signs with the English translation. ;)

    @mobilelawyer,
    I think you are in the wrong thread. :p-
     
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