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Lenovo ThinkPad Helix tablet is now on sale…but it doesn't come cheap

by Doug Drinkwater

May 21 2013

Lenovo announced the news on Twitter today
Lenovo announced the news on Twitter today

Lenovo’s cutting-edge hybrid Windows 8 tablet, the ThinkPad Helix, is finally on sale to the general public for the first time.

The company confirmed the news on Twitter and via email and also updated the ThinkPad Helix product page with price and reseller details.  

FCC filings for the ThinkPad Helix were logged in December of last year and the tablet subsequently appeared at CES a month later.

Despite this, the tablet -- which boasts an 11.6-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 resolution) dock-able display, up to 256GB of SSD memory and a choice of Ivy Bridge processors -- has since been struck down by numerous delays.

The tablet did eventually start shipping to pre-order buyers in April, although it was also reported that some buyers had managed to pick up the Windows 8 tablet even earlier via other channels.

The ThinkPad Helix now starts from $1,679 – which is slightly pricier than previous rumors of it starting at $1,499 -- and is already being courted by education buyers. Seton Hall University has confirmed that it will deploy 2,000 of the tablets to new students in June.

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