Lenovo Thinks This Weird 8in Handheld Will Be Your Next Gaming PC

Lenovo and NEC And Previous Devices From The Range Haven’t Made It To The U.S. Or European Markets, So Don’t Hold Your Breath.

Lenovo Thinks This Weird 8in Handheld Will Be Your Next Gaming PC
By Barry Collins

Lenovo has unveiled a prototype of a new gaming PC, which looks like the awkward love child of a laptop and the Nintendo Switch. The Lavie Mini is a pocket-sized PC fitted with an Intel 11th-Gen Core i7 processor and the chip maker’s Iris Xe graphics. This is all squeezed into a clamshell, laptop-like device with a dinky keyboard and a 1,920 x 1,200 touchscreen display. It weighs 579g (1.28lbs), so about half the weight of a full-blown laptop such as the MacBook Air, although considerably more than a smartphone (the iPhone 12 Pro weighs 187g, for instance).

When you fancy a spot of mobile gaming, the device comes with a pair of clip-on games controllers, similar to the Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Cons. According to Lenovo, “the controller comes with all the functions you’d expect and in a familiar gaming layout, including immersive vibrations, left/right trigger buttons, and analog thumbsticks”. In another nod to Nintendo’s games console, the Lavie Mini also comes with a dock that can be used to connect the device to a full-blown television screen, for those occasions when eight inches just isn’t enough. The dock adds HDMI, USB Type-C and USB Type-A ports and can also be used to charge the device’s battery.

Talking of the battery, Lenovo says it has a 26WHr capacity, which isn’t huge, especially considering the strain the device is going to be under when playing modern 3D games. Perhaps wisely, Lenovo makes no promises about battery life at this stage. Additionally, the Lavie Mini is fitted with 16GB of RAM, but only 256GB of SSD storage, which means you’re not going to have an abundance of disk space to store games on. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare takes up 175GB of disk space by itself, for instance, which means it probably wouldn’t even fit on the device when you take the space needed by Windows into account.

When will it arrive?

Still, if you’re not put off by the limited storage and fancy taking (some of) your PC games collection with you, you might be wondering when you can get your hands on it? Alas, Lenovo currently describes this as a “protype device” and hasn’t announced a launch date or price. It’s part of a joint venture between Lenovo and NEC and previous devices from the range haven’t made it to the U.S. or European markets, so don’t hold your breath.

This news was originally published at Forbes