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Lenovo announces LAVIE MINI, a pocketable PC that attaches to Switch-style controllers

Lavie Mini Gaming Controller Crystal White
Lavie Mini Gaming Controller Crystal White (Image credit: Lenovo)

What you need to know

  • Lenovo announced the LAVIE MINI ultra-portable PC and the LAVIE Pro Mobile laptop.
  • The LAVIE MINI is a prototype PC that can be docked to a game controller or HDMI dock.
  • The LAVIE Pro Mobile is a traditional laptop built for business professionals.

Lenovo announced two new LAVIE computers ahead of CES 2021. While both PCs are from the LAVIE lineup from NEC Personal Computers, a joint venture company of Lenovo and the NEC Corporation, they vary dramatically in form factor and availability. The LAVIE MINI is a prototype device with an 8-inch screen that can be docked to several accessories. In contrast, the LAVIE Pro Mobile is a traditional laptop that starts at $1,700. The LAVIE Pro Mobile doesn't have a release date at this time.

The LAVIE MINI is a unique pocket-sized convertible PC. It runs on up to an 11th Gen Intel Core i7 mobile processor with Intel Iris Xe graphics. It has a smaller 8-inch (1920 x 1200) touchscreen and weighs just 579 grams (1.28 lbs). What makes the LAVIE MINI stand out is its ability to dock to other devices. You can attach the PC to an optional gaming controller that includes offset joysticks.

Alternatively, you can dock the LAVIE MINI to its optional HDMI-connected dock that includes several USB-C and USB-A ports. The dock also charges the minute PC.

Even the keyboard of the LAVIE MINI is unlike most laptops. It has circular keys that look more like typewriter keys than a traditional laptop, though there are some other devices that feature circular keys, like the Pixel Slate.

CategoryLAVIE MINILAVIE Pro Mobile
OSWindows 10 HomeWindows 10 Home
Processor11th Gen Intel
Up to Core i7-1180G7
11th Gen Intel
Up to Core i7-1165G7
RAM16GB LPDDR4x
Dual-channel
16GB LPDDR4x
Dual-channel
GraphicsIntel Iris XeIntel Iris Xe
Storage256GB M.2 PCIe SSD512GB M.2 PCIe SSD
Display8 inches
1920x1080 (FHD)
Touch, 400 nits
13.3 inches
1920x1080 (FHD)
IPS
PortsTwo USB-A 3.1
Two USB-C 3.1
HDMI
USB-A 3.1
Two USB-C 3.1
HDMI 2.0
3.5mm audio
microSD card reader
AudioDual 1.5W speakersDual 2W speakers
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.1
Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.1
SecurityIR cameraIR camera
Battery26Wh49Wh
Dimensions7.87 x 5.79 x 0.67 inches
(200mm x 147mm x 16.95mm)
12.10 x 8.5 x 0.66 inches
(307.2mm x 216mm x 16.7mm)
Weight1.28 pounds (579g)1.96 pounds (889g)
ColorCrystal WhiteNavy Blue

On the other end of the spectrum, the LAVIE Pro Mobile is a traditional laptop built for professionals. The display of the LAVIE Pro Mobile is 13.3 inches. The laptop has a lift-up hinge that raises the display when you open the laptop and can be opened up to 180 degrees.

The LAVIE Pro Mobile is a light laptop, coming in at just 889 grams (1.95 lbs). It runs on up to an 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor with Intel Iris Xe graphics.

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

3 Comments
  • The Lavie Mini and xCloud could be a sweet pairing.
  • Some alternatives.
    https://youtu.be/oy67CJmOYrE (has a xbox home button)
    https://youtu.be/PuuRdKzJb7U (same concept)
    https://youtu.be/hw4W58mTh1A (TBA)
    And not just for xCloud, you can run XPA on these (on-the-go without internet).
  • Wanna bet that these joysticks won't be drifting?