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Here’s another Switch-a-like PC prototype, but it’s about time someone pulled the trigger

Here's another Switch-a-like PC prototype, but it's about time someone pulled the trigger

Almost one year on to the day from Alienware’s Project UFO announcement at CES 2020 and we’re still waiting on the promise of a Nintendo Switch-style mini PC. It’s cool, I’m not bitter about it. Well, things are looking up for our portable PC dream, as NEC Personal Computers (a joint venture between Lenovo and NEC Corp.) has announced a prototype for a product called the Lavie Mini that’ll do nicely… if it actually ships.

It looks the part, at least. Following the tried and tested approach, the Lavie Mini features twin controllers on either side of an 8-inch touchscreen. That’s a touch bigger than the Nintendo Switch’s 6.2-inch touchscreen, and it’s also higher resolution at 1920 x 1200. To round off the Switch-a-like operation, there’s an optional dock attachment for 4K60 TV output, with additional USB Type-C and Type-A ports.

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