The latest member of the ThinkPad family isn’t just a tablet dragging along a keyboard for faster emailing and double the battery power — though its companion QWERTY is certainly good for both of those things. The real kicker? Attaching the 11.6-inch Windows 8 touchscreen device to the keyboard activates a special cooling system in the hinge that overclocks the tablet’s onboard Intel processor (available up to a Core i7), providing a significant kick in the computing-power pants.
Even without its dock, the Helix ($1,500+) still packs plenty of heat in the form of a 1080p Gorilla Glass screen, 4G LTE, a 5MP rear- and 2MP front-facing camera, up to 8GB of RAM, 256GB of SSD storage, 5 hours of battery power and an active Wacom stylus pen that stores in a slot on the device. Combined with a so-called “rip and flip” design, which allows users to pop the screen off from the base and rotate it 180 degrees for a variety of work setups, it’s one of the most appealing Frankendevices we’ve seen to date. All the more so because at 20mm thin, it still qualifies as an Ultrabook, even while weighing a bit under 4 pounds when connected to the keyboard. With a $1,500 starting price, though, it might be a tough sell come February when it’s scheduled to hit stores.