Portable Game Console Concept from Lenovo
Lenovo presented the new portable game console concept they designed with NEC just before CES 2021. Basically a compact laptop, the concept device turns into a console that rivals the Nintendo Switch when folded. At CES, technology companies display “real” products each year; as well as concept products that have the potential to be released. Portable game consoles are one of the products that have been introduced by different companies at CES.
Joint portable game console concept from Lenovo and NEC
This year’s remarkable portable game console concept comes from Chinese consumer electronics giant Lenovo; and Japanese technology company NEC. The LaVie Mini concept, which is the joint design of the two companies, reveals a product that is basically a compact laptop; but when folded and the controller is attached, it turns into a portable game console. If the LaVie Mini were a real product, it would have an 8-inch Full HD display and an 11th generation Intel processor and Intel Xe GPU. Since there is no area for the touch pad on the device, it has an optical touch sensor similar to Blackberry phones that function as a touch pad.
Let’s not forget that the main purpose of the LaVie Mini; to offer consumers a compact laptop. When we fold the keyboard back and attach the controllers on the sides; the LaVie Mini becomes a portable game console rivaling Nintendo Switch. The biggest question mark here is that the LaVie Mini is almost 25 percent heavier than the Nintendo Switch with Joy-Con installed, even without controllers attached. However, it is too early to talk about the advantages and disadvantages of the LaVie Mini. Because the product is not expected to be turned into a real product and released on the market, at least in the near future.