But now Lenovo is getting into the handheld computer game with the introduction of the LAVIE MINI.
It’s a convertible notebook with an 8 inch touchscreen display, an Intel Tiger Lake processor, and support for optional accessories including detachable game controllers and a desktop docking station.
The LAVIE MINI measures 7.87″ x 5.79″ x 0.67″ inches thick and weighs just 1.28 pounds and Lenovo describes it as a pocket-sized computer, which would put it in the same category as devices like One Netbook’s One Mix Yoga or GPD’s Win 3 or Pocket computers.
Lenovo’s version features:
- 1920 x 1200 pixel touchscreen display (400 nits)
- Up to an Intel Core i7-1180G7 Tiger Lake processor with Intel Xe graphics
- Up to 16GB of LPDDR4x-4266 dual-channel memory (soldered)
- Up to 256GB of solid state storage
- Up to a 26 Wh battery
- 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C ports
- WiFi 6 & Bluetooth 5.1
- Backlit keyboard & optical touch sensor
- IR camera with Windows Hello face recognition
- Stereo 1.5W speakers
Optional accessories include a game controller that attaches to the side of the LAVIE MINI like Nintendo Switch Joy-cons (or the detachable controllers for the One Netbook OneGX1 series), and a gaming/charging dock with an HDMI port, two USB-C ports, and two USB-A ports, allowing you to use the mini laptop as if it were a desktop PC or a game console.
Lenovo notes that the optional game controllers have the same layout as an Xbox controller. But if you’d prefer to use third-party controllers, the LAVIE MINI is a full-fledged Windows computer so it should work with most game controllers or other PC peripherals.
Designed in partnership with Japanese electronics company NEC, the LAVIE MINI reminds me a bit of the Alienware UFO concept that Dell showcased during the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show. But Lenovo is describing its tiny computer as a real device and not just a concept.
That said, the company hasn’t announced a release date or price yet, so there’s still a chance this thing will never come to market. But NEC is showing off working prototypes in Japan, where the folks at Engadget Japanese got a chance to see what the little computer looks like from all angles:
You can find more pictures at Engadget Japanese. Or check out the official promo video and a few more renders below.