Asus, Lenovo Leak ROG Flow Z13, Legion Y700 gaming tablets ahead of CES

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Lenovo’s Legion Y700 teaser graphic

Dedicated gaming tablets haven’t been “a thing” for a few years now, as the hardware just wasn’t powerful enough to handle anything more than casual gaming. In fact, the leading “gaming” tablets are likely to be Apple’s iPad range, given the iOS ecosystem of games that has been built in recent years. Our list of the best gaming tablets doesn’t feature anything resembling a dedicated device for gamers, but that could change in 2022.

Two PC makers that have created successful gaming brands in recent years appear to be focusing on tablets built specifically for gaming, according to information to be released ahead of the start of CES 2022 next week. Lenovo launched a few cursory details on Chinese social media site Weibo last week about a new Legion Y700 tablet, and Asus followed with its own teaser (below) about its Republic of Gamers Twitter feed about what it calls “the world’s most powerful gaming tablet”.

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Details are scarce for both tablets, although Asus does mention that it will reveal more about the “ROG Flow Z13” as part of its CES announcements on January 4th. However, Lenovo has given us a bit more information, including that the Y700 will run Android and is built around an 8.8-inch display with a 2,500 x 1,600 resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. But some of the other key specs – processor, amount of RAM and storage – and pricing are still unknown. Some official product photos have also been released for you to check out here.

Given its swagger, Asus is unlikely to go with Android for the Flow Z13, which appears to be a tightrope walk between a tablet and a small 2-in-1 laptop. have tech sites written down that the teaser image shows a slot for the external Asus XG Mobile graphics unit, which unsurprisingly works with the ROG Flow X13 laptop. It’ll be interesting to see how Asus tries to set the Z13 apart from the X13 given the number of similarities they seem to share.

Despite the different approaches to creating a gaming tablet, Asus and Lenovo promise the most focused effort to revitalize the genre since the Nvidia Shield and competing tablets fizzled out half a decade ago. Has time made the idea of ​​a dedicated gaming tablet more palatable for gamers, or will these devices meet the same fate as their predecessors? It will be a fascinating story to follow throughout 2022.




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