Dedicated gaming tablets have not been “a thing” in several years, as the hardware has not been robust enough to handle more than casual games. In fact, the leading “gaming” tablets are likely Apple’s iPad line, given the iOS gaming ecosystem that has been built in the past few years. Our list of the best gaming tablets doesn’t include anything like a dedicated gamer unit, but that could change in 2022.
Two PC makers that have built successful gaming brands in recent years appear to be branching out into tablets designed specifically for gaming, based on information to be leaked before CES 2022 starts next week. Lenovo started last week with some fleeting details on Chinese social media site Weibo about a new Legion Y700 tablet, and Asus has followed up with a sneak peek of its own (see below) via its Republic of Gamers Twitter feed about what he calls “the world’s most powerful gaming tablet.”
Details are scant for both tablets, though Asus does mention that it will reveal more about the “ROG Flow Z13” on January 4 as part of its CES announcements. Lenovo has given us a bit more information though, including that the Y700 will run Android and is built around an 8.8-inch screen 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 price are still unknown. Some official product photos were also released, which you can view here.
Given its boasting, presumably Asus won’t be using Android for the Flow Z13, which seems to draw a fine line between the tablet and the small 2-in-1 laptop. Tech sites have noted that the teaser image shows a slot for the Asus XG Mobile external graphics unit, which is not surprising that it works with the ROG Flow X13 laptop. It will be interesting to see how Asus tries to differentiate the Z13 from the X13, given how many similarities they seem to share.
Despite different approaches to creating a gaming tablet, Asus and Lenovo promise the most concentrated effort to revive the genre since the Nvidia Shield and competing tablets fizzled out half a decade ago. Has the passage of time made the idea of a dedicated gaming tablet more palatable to gamers, or will these devices suffer the same fate as their predecessors? It will be a fascinating story to follow as 2022 unfolds.