Lenovo and NEC

The Lavie joint venture between Lenovo and NEC has come up with a thought 8-inch portable PC dubbed the Lavie Mini that has an optional set of controllers that connect to the aspect of the unit in an equal manner as the Nintendo Switch controllers.

In the case of the Mini, the hardware is penciled in as an 11th-gen Intel Core i7 mobile processor with Intel Xe graphics, with the unit to weigh 579 grams. The Mini would have 256GB of storage and 16GB of memory, and battery capability slated at 26Wh.

The Mini would additionally have a quick charge dock that presents an HDMI link and USB ports. Lenovo has but to supply any pricing or availability information on the concept device.

In the including extra important points category is the $1,700 Lavie Pro Mobile, which is a 16.7mm thick ultraslim laptop computer that additionally bundles the 11th-gen Intel Core i7 mobile processor and Xe graphics pairing, alongside with a 13.3-inch display and up to 10 hours of battery life.

The timing of its availability in the US is but to be released.

Alongside the Lavie devices, Lenovo introduced a slew of new devices. First cab off the rank is its IdeaPad 5G which is a 14-inch Full HD laptop computer that helps sub-6GHz 5G connectivity thanks to the usage of Snapdragon 8cx silicon that consists of Qualcomm Adreno 680 graphics.

The IdeaPad 5G helps up to 8GB of memory and 512GB of storage. On battery capacity, Lenovo stated the 51Wh device can do 20 hours of continuous video playback.

Lenovo stated the IdeaPad 5G will be reachable in “select markets”, however that does now not consist of North America. Pricing is additionally but to be announced.

Shifting to 16:10 factor ratios, the IdeaPad 5i Pro and IdeaPad 5 Pro will be reachable in 14 and 16-inch sizes, with the 5i the usage of an Intel Core i7, and the 5 the use of an AMD Ryzen H-Series cell processor. Both laptops can have Nvidia MX450 graphics, 16GB of memory, up to 1TB of storage, and pack a 56.5Wh battery in the 14-inch versions, and 75Wh in the 16-inch devices.

The 14-inch laptops will weigh 1.45kg and 2kg for the greater size, whilst the 16-inch devices will support 120Hz refresh rates and 90Hz for the smaller devices.

Using attention-sensing software, the laptops will use IR cameras to pause the video when the user walks away, or sound an alarm when it is moved when a user’s return is turned, Lenovo said. The laptops additionally use what Lenovo is calling smart cooling mode to use “balanced AI-enhancements to optimize battery life”.

“To shift your laptop’s performance, simply use Lenovo Q-Control through pressing Fn+Q to go up to most overall performance mode or down into battery saving mode,” the company said. “And when you choose for the display with the greater refresh rate spec, you may have the capability to slow down screen refreshes for brought manage over battery existence whilst engaged in lighter work — simply press Fn+R.”

For the US, the 16-inch IdeaPad 5 Pro will cost upwards of $1,150, opening in May, while the 14-inch will no longer be reachable in North America, however will be reachable for €800 in Europe from March. In Australia and New Zealand, availability will be May for the 14-inch, and June for the 16-inch, with pricing to be confirmed.

North America will additionally be skipped for the IdeaPad 5i Pro laptops, with the 14-inch model to appear in March at €700, and the 16-inch to be reachable the identical month for €800. Timings in Australia and New Zealand are equal to the IdeaPad 5 Pro series.

Also packing AMD silicon is the new Yoga AIO 7 all-in-one desktop, which will have a Ryzen 7 4800H alongside an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060.

“With the Yoga AIO 7’s built-in wireless casting hardware, you can activate the display remotely from a tablet or smartphone barring having to flip on your desktop,” Lenovo said. “A future update permits you to display on-line shows at once to your display screen transforming it into a 4K Smart TV.”

Chinese buyers can already buy the Yoga AIO 7 with different “select markets” to comply within February, however, North America will no longer be getting it. Pricing will begin from $1,600. The computer will be handy in Australia from April and fee between AU$2,500 and AU$4,000, whilst New Zealand will get hold of it in July with pricing details to follow.

The company additionally introduced the Tab P11, an 11-inch tablet with a 2k display, a battery rated at 15 hours of usage, and the usage of a Snapdragon 622 with 6GB of RAM. The $230 tablet is reachable now and will hit Australia and New Zealand in May at the AU$550 fee point, with New Zealand pricing but to be confirmed.

Across its Yoga and IdeaPad ranges, Lenovo will be enabling a new Show Mode characteristic that makes use of Amazon Alexa in full-screen mode. The rollout will commence in the second quarter of the year.

The Lavie Mini differs in a couple of methods pivotal for PC gaming. For one, it is definitely a tiny 2-in-1, complete with a diminutive keyboard that swivels away behind the unit. It’s additionally powered with the aid of Intel Xe graphics and a Tiger Lake CPU in the Intel Core i7 1180G7 chip. That’s a chip now not presently listed on Intel’s ARK database, however, it has regarded in a couple of benchmarks brandishing ninety-six EUs and a 15W TDP. That would have it sit down below the 25W Core i7 1185G7, the current flagship.

That chip additionally delivers Wi-Fi 6 support, and to round off connectivity there are two USB Type-C ports on the unit itself, a headphone and microphone combo jack, and Bluetooth 5.1 support.
Inside there is additionally a 256GB NVMe SSD, and 16GB of LPDDR4X RAM running at 4,266MHz effective. Those dual-channel sticks are soldered, mind, as you may think about at this size, and consequently your lot for the lifetime of this product.

Although it truly is no longer absolutely an issue you want to worry about today, as this Lavie Mini remains in prototype popularity for the course of CES 2021. Therefore no price, no availability. CES is a famous prototype destination, and the last yr the Alienware Project UFO delivered a similar product for us to gawk at. Sadly, that hasn’t viewed the light of day all year, however, there is one glimmer of hope for mini PC followers searching for a fix.

That’s the GPD Win 3, a product this is soon to be reachable on Indiegogo and likely to truly launch after that, judging by the company’s track record with such projects.