The LaVie Mini concept is a wild mashup of a laptop and Nintendo Switch


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As a joint venture between Lenovo and NEC, it feels like LaVie often has a bit more freedom to have fun with their device designs, and so for CES 2021, LaVie has created a concept device that looks like to someone who took a Nintendo Switch, added some PC parts, and then gave it a steampunk-reminiscent finish.

Based around a 8-inch 1920 x 1200 screen, in normal use, the LaVie Mini concept looks a lot like the netbook of yesteryear. However, when you add its distinctive white and gold color scheme with its circular backlit keys, the LaVie Mini begins to look like something that could have been designed in the Bioshock universe.

While it’s only a concept at the moment, the LaVie Mini should also have some pretty decent components, including an 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor with Iris Xe graphics, 16GB of RAM, 256GB of SSD storage, Wi-Fi 6 and a 26 WHr battery. And even though the system is too small to feature a full-sized touchpad, there’s even a small button the size of a postage stamp and a few slim mouse buttons to help you navigate.

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