In the last two years or so, we’ve seen several so-called mini laptops with screen sizes from 5-inch to 8-inch mostly from smaller companies like GPD and One Netbook, but also CHUWI to a lesser extent.
Now Lenovo has entered the fray with LAVIE MINI mini laptop powered by an Intel Tiger Lake processor and equipped with an 8-inch touchscreen display. The device is also offered with optional accessories including an HDMI desktop docking station and a gaming dock with two game controllers.
Lenovo LAVIE MINI preliminary specifications:
- SoC – Intel Tiger Lake with Intel Xe graphics up to Intel Core i7-1180G7 SoC
- System Memory – 16GB LPDDR4x-4266 dual-channel memory (soldered)
- Storage – 256GB SSD
- Display – 8-inch touchscreen display with 1920 x 1200 resolution, 400 nits brightness
- Audio – 1.5W stereo speakers
- Camera – IR camera with Windows Hello face recognition
- Connectivity – WiFi 6 & Bluetooth 5.1
- User input – Backlit keyboard & optical touch sensor
- USB – 2x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C ports
- Battery – Up to a 26 Wh battery
- Dimensions – 200 x 147 x 16.95 mm
- Weight – 579 grams
Lenovo LAVIE MINI will ship with Windows 10 once it becomes available. If you wonder why you need NEC branding on a product that’s supposedly from Lenovo that’s because LAVIE devices come from a company called “NEC Personal Computers, Ltd”, a joint venture between Lenovo and NEC Corporation.
The gaming dock is a single unit with buttons on each side that slides on the laptop, and the desktop dock is equipped with an HDMI 2.0 port up to 4Kp60, two USB 3.1 Gen2 (10 Gbps) Type-C ports, and two USB 3.1 Gen1 (5Gbps) Type-A ports.
The mini laptop is expected to become available later this year., and pricing has not been disclosed. NEC Personal Computers recently showed a prototype in Japan, and Engadget has a few more photos and details in Japanese.