Every year at CES, we see devices aiming to bridge the worlds of handheld and PC games. This year, Lenovo and NEC are still pursuing that dream with LaVie Mini. The device is a hybrid laptop handheld game console, and includes a touch screen, controller, and dock accessories.
For those unfamiliar with the name, LaVie is a joint venture between Lenovo and NEC, and although most of its products do not make it to the US, they are Some hits at CES in the past Focuses on ultra-light laptops.
By itself, the LaVie Mini appears to be a reasonably powerful and compact computer. The device, if real, would be equipped with an 8-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 and an 11th generation Intel processor with Xe graphics. Of course, there’s really no space for the trackpad, but the concept design lends itself to an optical touch sensor like Blackberry.
But working as a laptop is not really the reason why this concept exists. It exists to chase the dream of owning a gaming laptop, which is more powerful than the hardware Nintendo is famous for.
LaVie also created a game controller accessory, which connects to the laptop after the keyboard is folded back. The console has the same buttons and design as the Xbox gamepad, so many gamers will be familiar with it, although the weight won’t be: The laptop weighs 1.28 pounds without Attached console. For comparison, the Nintendo Switch measures 0.88 lbs With Joy-kun attached.
Don’t start going to the gym to straighten your forearms yet. At the moment, there is no advertised price or release date for the Mini. We’ve seen several PC manufacturers come up with similar concepts and ideas for laptops at CES.
Most, Like Alienware’s UFO concept from last yearYou don’t end up hitting the market, as these prototypes are often less about making viable consumer products and more about experimenting with new ideas and form factors and getting the needed press attention during CES. Some are put up for sale but don’t end up attracting enough players to make a real impact. Like Razer’s Edge Or initial Nvidia Shield Handheld.
However, it is easy to see why companies keep returning to the idea of the computer that lets you play PC-quality games anywhere. The Nintendo Switch has shown that, when done right, mobile gaming can provide a console-quality experience in the living room People just can’t get enough of. Who wouldn’t want to be able to play a game while outside, then go home, put the same device in the dock connected to his TV, and go back to where it left off?
This is an experience that, by the way, would be supported by LaVie Mini with its optional docking accessory if it comes on the market.
For now, this experience (at least for people who want this device to be a PC) will likely remain outside the range of products they can actually buy. But LaVie Mini shows that the dream is still alive and may indeed come true sooner or later. For now, we’ll have to wait until CES next week to see if LaVie will release more details about the Mini.
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