LAVIE Mini is the second device that is announced by the company NEC this year at the all-digital CES 2021. The LAVIE Mini is a compact and portable gaming laptop that comes in an 8-inch form factor.
The device features an 8-inch WUXGA touchscreen and weighs around 579 grams. It is powered by an Intel Core i7 11th Gen CPU and the graphics are handled by Intel Iris Xe Graphics. The laptop comes with small backlit round keys in Crystal White color giving a translucent look. It also offers a 360-degree hinge making it a two-in-one convertible laptop and can switch easily between tablet and laptop mode.
The laptop includes optional accessories such as a docking station to connect your PC to an external input device such as a 4K TV for screen sharing. It has an inbuilt webcam that can be used for making video calls. The device comes with an optical touch sensor instead of a traditional trackpad due to the small form factor.
The portable gaming controller dock makes the LAVIE Mini a handy gaming PC with Xbox styled buttons making it familiar to many gamers. Last year we got to check out Dell’s Alienware handheld gaming PC. At the moment there is no pricing or availability on the prototype.
Companies making prototypes like these create a spur in the market for handheld portable gaming devices that can be played while on the go as well as you can pop it on your TV when home to play it on a big screen. We have seen likes of handheld devices from NVIDIA as well as Razer which shows that there is a market for such devices. A device like the Nintendo Switch is proof that there is a market for gamers that want a serious handheld gaming device that isn’t a smartphone.