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Lenovo says it will continue to sell small-screened Windows tablets in the U.S.

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Lenovo says it will continue to sell small-screened Windows tablets in the U.S.
On Friday, we told you that it appeared as though Lenovo had stopped selling small-screened Windows tablets in the states. A Lenovo spokesman even explained at the time, that the manufacturer had seen stronger demand for larger-screened Windows slates in the U.S. But on Saturday, Lenovo said that the whole thing was just a misunderstanding. Lenovo did admit that the 8 inch Lenovo ThinkPad 8 is no longer being sold in the U.S., but said that the reason for the absence of the 8 inch Lenovo Miix2 is because it has been sold out in the U.S. "Our model mix changes as per customer demand," a Lenovo spokesman said.

To prove its point that nothing has changed, Lenovo says that for the holidays, it will have a new 8 inch Windows tablet in the states. Accompanying that device will be a 10 inch model. No information about these units has been released, including specs.

What made the rumor about Lenovo dropping smaller-screened Windows tablets in the U.S. appear to be the truth, was Microsoft's decision to pull a new product introduction for the Windows RT 8.1 powered Surface mini at the last minute. One possibility for the apparent lack of new small-screened Windows tablets in the U.S., is the decision by manufacturers to wait for Intel's new Broadwell chips that can run Windows 8.1 while maintaining a svelte design. The chip will be out later this year, which dovetails with Lenovo's comments about releasing a small-screened slate during the holidays.

"We will continue to bring new Windows devices to market across different screen sizes, including a new 8-inch tablet and 10-inch tablet coming this holiday. Our model mix changes as per customer demand, and although we are no longer selling ThinkPad 8 in the U.S., and we have sold out of Miix 8-inch, we are not getting out of the small-screen Windows tablet business as was reported by the media. In short, we will continue to sell both 8 and 10 inch Windows tablets in both the U.S. and non-U.S markets."-Lenovo statement

source: Lenovo via SlashGear

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posted on 19 Jul 2014, 22:31 1

1. iushnt (Posts: 672; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


make it full windows, RT cannot compete well in the market..

posted on 19 Jul 2014, 23:31 6

3. DaHarder (Posts: 170; Member since: 10 Oct 2009)


What? ALL current 8 inch Windows 8.x tablets (from major manufacturers like Dell, Lenovo, Toshiba et al) are FULL Windows.

RT has only been used on a few select 10.xx inch devices e.g. Asus VivoTab RT, Surface RT/2, Nokia Lumia 2520...

To be quite honest, Windows RT is actually better suited to smaller tablets as trying to run 'legacy' Windows applications on 8 inch displays is far less than ideal, whereas the Windows RT 'Modern UI' is designed for just such all touch screen implementations.

As more and more applications are ported to the Windows Modern UI, using the old 'Windows 7.x' desktop will become largely irrelevant anyway... READ: Windows will come to rely upon the 'Modern Ui' more than ever.

posted on 19 Jul 2014, 23:02 3

2. __0__ (banned) (Posts: 242; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Windows 8.1 is unusable on a tiny screen below 10 inches

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 10:09 2

4. Liveitup (Posts: 1341; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Do you care to explain why Windows 8.1 is unusable on less than 10 inches or are you just one if those individuals who always say something without a reasoning behind it. Anyone can say something is good or bad without a reason you don't have a point. So please explain.

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 19:36

8. Jinto (Posts: 399; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)


I use the metro mode as a tablet, and full desktop connected to a monitor

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 20:09

9. __0__ (banned) (Posts: 242; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Its just too small.

Metro mode is very limited . Even in a surface pro 2 , everything on the desktop seems so small and hard to press

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 14:35

6. HildyJ (Posts: 153; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


I'm using it right now on a Dell Venue 8 Pro, in the desktop, running the full Firefox, with no problems whatsoever.

My only complaint is that the standard on-screen keyboard isn't resizable and the resizeable accesability keyboard isn't as integrated. Other than that, it works fine. Phone OS tablets are fine for content consumption but once you get beyond that they are full of workarounds. Wibdows runs Windows applications, not phone apps.

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 20:10

10. __0__ (banned) (Posts: 242; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


But everything is so small , isn't it difficult to press ?

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 06:54

12. elitewolverine (Posts: 1731; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Nope.

That is like asking a android 7in 8in 6in user if everything is so small to press. Unless you got ungodly fat fingers, it works pretty well, except legacy apps that require very small clicks. And metro ui is perfect for those sizes. And even office has a difference between mouse and touch mode to help out.

I have a 10in and 11.6in tablet, have used the 8in. I do like the larger screens.

posted on 21 Jul 2014, 08:51

13. __0__ (banned) (Posts: 242; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


The only reason why anyone would want to get a windows tablet is the desktop mode. However, like you said the things are small and difficult to press

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 10:34 1

5. Liveitup (Posts: 1341; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Also do you think Android and iOS are unusable below 10" if you think they are usable compared to Windows, please again tell us why.

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 20:11

11. __0__ (banned) (Posts: 242; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


They are best suited for use under 10 inches .
Anything larger they couldn't fully take advantage of

posted on 20 Jul 2014, 15:40

7. xche78x (Posts: 101; Member since: 11 Mar 2014)


Good riddance to windows rt. microsoft should just concetrate on windows pro and port it to phones, phablets and tablets... Lenovo/ibm showed us how to move the mouse pointer via its trackpoint, something similar can be made for mobile devices... Imagine note phablet running full pledged windows os... Please give us the next generation vaio UX with phone capabilities in a slim form factor...

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