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Lenovo Lavie Mini is a laptop that can transform into a Nintendo Switch-like gaming device

Lenovo Lavie Mini
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Lenovo and NEC have revealed a concept for the Lavie Mini, which essentially looks like a cross between a laptop and a Nintendo Switch. 

Lenovo's prototype device was revealed before the tech showcase CES 2021 is due to take place next week. As Tom's Guide details, the Lavie Mini packs an 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and Intel Iris Xe graphics, with an 8-inch touchscreen. Compact and small in size, the Lavie Mini is also lightweight to add to its portability factor, weighing in at just 579g / 1.28lb. 

The most interesting thing about it, though, is the way it can transform into a gaming device, not unlike the Nintendo Switch. Switching up from your standard laptop setup, the Lavie Mini's keyboard can be tucked away and two game controllers can be attached to either side of the screen in the same way as Joy-Cons. The device also comes with a docking station, so you can play your games on a TV if you want to take a break from the 8-inch display. 

No release date has been announced for the device yet since it's currently a conceptual prototype for the time being, but if anyone is after a Switch that's more like a PC/laptop, the Lavie Mini could just be the answer you're looking for if it becomes a reality.  

CES 2021 is set to start next week on January 11 and will take place over several days until January 14. During the annual tech showcase, which will be all-digital this year, you can expect to see announcements for all sorts of new and upcoming tech. 

Looking to the year ahead? Here's our roundup of all of the upcoming new games 2021

Heather Wald

I started out writing for the games section of a student-run website as an undergrad, and continued to write about games in my free time during retail and temp jobs for a number of years. Eventually, I earned an MA in magazine journalism at Cardiff University, and soon after got my first official role in the industry as a content editor for Stuff magazine. After writing about all things tech and games-related, I then did a brief stint as a freelancer before I landed my role as a staff writer here at GamesRadar+. Now I get to write features, previews, and reviews, and when I'm not doing that, you can usually find me lost in any one of the Dragon Age or Mass Effect games, tucking into another delightful indie, or drinking far too much tea for my own good.