ThinkPad Helix looks promising

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  1. Zeelobby

    Zeelobby Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    Wrong thread buddy. This is thinkpad helix. Not thinkpad 2.
     
  2. ibmthink

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    I think we can expect Lenovo to announce the ThinkPad Helix at CES 2013, as they will have their next webinar on January 9. The agenda is:
    See: Live Webinars | LPN | (US)
     
  3. Zeelobby

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    Sweetness! Right now it has really come down to this and the Kupa Ultranote. The only thing both of these are lacking for me is a 13"+ screen... (well, and hopefully 8GB + RAM). I'm saving up money as we wait!
     
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    Bronsky Wait and Hope. Senior Member

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    The Helix is the only real competition for the Surface IMO. The Sammy 700T is too plasticy and the Kupa is semi-vaporware without any real distribution channels. My company winces when anyone buys outside of Dell, HP or Lenovo business class. The MS Surface is a stretch for them. The Kupa would be out of the question without more of a track record.
     
  5. Zeelobby

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    Very true. From a driver support stand point I'd also put more trust in Lenovo going forward. Do you think there will eventually be 13"+ versions of these models (Helix, etc.) within the next year? I just started my masters in the fall (Comp Sci.: Bioinformatics and Web Development) and I could really use a new machine. I also have big hands, and fear 11" device keyboards. I have looked at the Fujitsu 902 as the next best option (as the ability to have 8 or more GB of RAM is a necessity) but having something as lightweight and portable as the Helix would be awesome.
     
  6. Bronsky

    Bronsky Wait and Hope. Senior Member

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    I think MS is rumored to be considering a 14" surface with AMD power. The funny thing is that the Helix is a bit too large for me.:) I'm looking for a 10" or smaller tablet. I love the size of my 8.9" slate and I have no problem typing on its folio keyboard. My 13" Thinkpad X301 hasn't left the office in a very long time.
     
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  7. fella1

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    I have the 700t and find that it is an excellent machine. The one thing that the Helix has that I would be interested in is the additional battery life via what I guess is an extra battery in the dock. I'll definitely be interested in hearing the final specifications. I doubt that it will be enough to make me trade the 700t back in but I am curious. When units with 10 hour battery life along with discrete powerful graphics come out then I'll really be tempted.
     
  8. Bronsky

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    I'm sure it's a good hybrid (but a bit too much cheap plastic for my taste). I'm looking for business use, however, and Samsung service is not dependable enough for my company to authorize the purchase. They typically require next day on-site but, at least in the case of my Slate 500 okayed depot service as long as it was quick and dependable. I'm assuming that Microsoft is going to be very attentive to hardware issues in the Surface.
     
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    i wounder if you can buy the tablet and not the keyboard. maybe saving some cash and being able to get the keyboard later.
     
  12. czm2000

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    Available with 8GB of RAM :)

    Sent from my Galaxy Note II
     
  13. czm2000

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    Ridiculous, no SD or MicroSD card slots.

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  14. fella1

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    There is a microSD slot, I saw it in one of the pictures on the Verge article
     
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    I sure hope you're right because I really need a card reader of some kind.

    The review I just read (my previous link) from someone who was hands on time with it said no card reader. I remember the Verge article too, that's why I'm holding out hope. Would be pretty ridiculous to include a mini display port and mini HDMI. I'd say if they ran out of room to just ditch one of those, and preferably the mini display port. Would be really dumb not to include a card reader. Fingers crossed...

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    Awesome! Thanks for the great news.

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    Snag is that these ports are hidden when it's docked. It's difficult to tell from the pictures but it doesn't look like you get many ports in its docked form. The ports on the dock only seem to be in the back, where there's a display port, 2 usbs, and power. So if you mainly use it in docked form (as I would), you have a pretty limited selection of ports. Perhaps I'm wrong, as I have seen claims that it has an Ethernet port, but no idea where that would be.
     
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    @bathala

    The picture of the bottom of yours shows a MicroSD card slot. But the picture that Laptop Magazine just took of it doesn't show one. Looks like it was removed. How recent is your photo, where did you get it from? Unless the have a couple of different early builds floating around, I fear the MicroSD card slot may have been removed :(

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  20. kvoram

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    Oh boy, I was also happy when I saw the picture with the microSD card slot. So there are definitely two versions on display at CES 2013.
    Sources with microSD:
    Gallery: Lenovo ThinkPad Helix hands-on pictures | The Verge
    Sources without microSD:
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    Lenovo ThinkPad Helix pictures and hands-on - photo 4 - Pocket-lint

    Unfortunately the one without microSD seems to be newer. The photos on the first page of this thread show a microSD slot and are dated ca. Oct. 2012. The chinese manual that is online, is dated Nov 14, 2012 and shows the version without microSD slot and also doesn't mention it at all.
    The press release is not mentioning all the ports and there is nothing yet on the Lenovo website. I wouldn't count on it but let's cross our fingers. Having no microSD or regular SD card slot, would be a serious obmission.
    Also there seems to be no Ethernet and no VGA port. Add to this the fact that it doesn't offer regular sized HDMI and Display Port, and you can be sure that you will almost always need to have one or even several adapters with you. They should have made the dock 2-3mm thicker and give us regular sized ports. With the tablet being detachable there is no need to make the keyboard dock as thin as possible.
     

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