We have beforehand established that the NEC Lavie Mini — that 8-inch laptop computer that doubles as a gaming machine — is a charmingly bizarre idea that stands a stable shot making it manufacturing. To be taught extra in regards to the Mini, and to get a broader sense of the elements and choice making that goes into taking an idea from prototype to last product, Lenovo Japan president and NEC PC chief David Bennett joined us for a surprisingly frank dialog on our digital CES stage.
The total dialog is price a watch, however within the curiosity of transparency, I’ve to spoil a little bit of the suspense. In a subsequent trade, Bennett confirmed to me that — primarily based on the response the Lavie Mini has obtained — improvement inside Lenovo/NEC has accelerated to the purpose the place it seems to be just like the machine really will make it to market. That is to not say it will ever make it outdoors of its native Japan, however that is nonetheless a giant win for anybody who spent CES pulling for the little laptop computer that would.