Lenovo ThinkPad Helix pictures and hands-on

What may look like several different products pictured here is, in fact, the multi-faceted Lenovo ThinkPad Helix.

The latest ThinkPad, announced at the Consumer Electronics Show 2013, where Pocket-lint was on hand to have a play with one, is yet another take on the laptop-meets-tablet device concept - one of many varieties that Lenovo produces.

The idea with the Helix is that it provides a truly premium experience whether using the device as a laptop or a standalone tablet. There are Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 options, configurable with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage.

In use it's just one press of a button to the side of the Helix's screen that opens the door for the screen to detach and become a standalone tablet. 

This means the Helix can be used as a laptop with the full benefit of fan cooling for its top power of 17mAH, or a tablet-like device with restricted 9mAH of power to ensure no overheating occurs. The fullest battery life is quoted as 10 hours. That's a lot of juice, though something that we couldn't check out thoroughly in our short time with the product.

The tablet-only part measures around 21mm thick, so it's actually rather thin. At least we can't think of a more slender Intel Core tablet.

When the Helix's keyboard is detached from the screen the keyboard doesn't look the most sightly of gadgets, thanks to various metal protrusions, and popping it back into place can also be a little fiddly to ensure both left and right sides meet symmetrically. It's not rocket science kind of tricky, but it's not as elegant as, say, the foldable screen concept of Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga.

READ: Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 review

Full Windows 8 runs smoothly on the 11.6-inch Full HD screen without a hitch. Yup, that's 1920 x 1080 pixels and boy, does it show. It looks glorious and responds well to the touch too - we tested it by hand, with the included stylus and via the laptop trackpad.

There's really not a lot missing here… except lots of money from your wallet if you intend to buy one upon launch. At $1,500 it's not a budget investment as that's the start price for the basic model. Eek.