New students at Seton Hall University will be picking up a Lenovo ThinkPad Helix tablet as well as books, pencils and other learning materials when they start their first term. The university is planning to test the dock-able Windows 8 tablet before rolling out 2,000 of these devices to students in June.
Seton Hall University has deployed a variety of iPads and Windows 8 tablets over the years but has now announced that new undergraduates, freshmen, transfers and juniors (except those in the Mac program) would receive the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix as part of its Mobile Computing 2013 program.
Although the education establishment considered a number of different devices, it was decided that the ThinkPad Helix was the best, largely because it could operate as a conventional Ultrabook or as a tablet when the screen was detached.
While the first Helixes are heading in the direction of Seton Hall University, there is little to suggest that the convertible Windows 8 tablet is any nearer to becoming available for consumers.
Lenovo delayed the device in February, at which time it said that the model would launch sometime in the spring. The model was expected to be released this month but remains unavailable on Lenovo’s own online store. That said, it is believed that a number of customers have managed to get their hands on the Helix through other channels.
The ThinkPad Helix, which was announced at International CES this year, promises an 11.6-inch 1920 x 1200 resolution display, the Intel i5-3317U processor, 256GB of solid-state drive (SSD) memory and 4GB of RAM.
The tablet, which also has connections for USB (generations 2.0 and 3.0), mini DisplayPort and a SIM card, is expected to launch for $1,499.