The Lavie Mini is clearly part of what can be described as a UFO. Imagined by Lenovo, and more precisely by NEC, this concept of netbook is indeed capable of transforming into a console or a netbook, depending on the needs of its owner.
Lenovo has always been one of the most imaginative manufacturers. Far from being satisfied with the usual formats, he has in fact attempted during the last decades to reinvent computing as we know it.
There was the Yoga, of course, but not only. The ThinkPad X1 Fold is also a very good example of what Lenovo can do now, as is the Smart Hub 500.
The Lavie Mini, the netbook that fits in a bag
The Lavie Mini, for its part, would have no trouble finding its place alongside these two machines.
When you first look at it, the product seems to fit a netbook like it did in the 2000s. The computer is small and compact enough to fit into the bottom of a purse. The best part is that it does not come at the expense of its technical sheet.
Here, it sets the bar quite high with an 8-inch touchscreen capable of displaying 1080p, an 11th generation Intel i7-1180G7, 16 GB of RAM and a 256 GB M.2 SSD, all of it. with two USB 3.1 ports and a full keyboard. The touchpad is missing for its part, in favor of an optical touch sensor like those found on old IBM computers.
And a portable console as a bonus
But now, the thing is, it doesn't stop there and the Lavie Mini is also equipped with two connectors placed on each side of the screen. Connectors that can accommodate … game controllers furiously reminiscent of what Nintendo offers on the Switch.
And of course, the hinge has been specially designed to allow us to fold the base of the computer – and therefore the part where the keyboard is located – at the back against its screen. In this position, the Lavie Mini is therefore even closer to a Switch.
Lenovo has also presented a special accessory functioning as a dock, an accessory with additional USB ports, but also an HDMI output capable of swinging from 4K to 60 images per second.
If the concept is attractive, it is unfortunately only… a concept. For the moment, the Lavie Mini is indeed not intended to be marketed. This may change in the future, but this is of course not guaranteed.