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Lenovo says there is no U.S. demand for small Windows tablets

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Lenovo says there is no U.S. demand for small Windows tablets
According to a report published on Friday, an email from Lenovo states that there is no demand in the U.S. for Windows tablets under 10 inches. As a result, the manufacturer will stop selling such items in the states. The Lenovo ThinkPad 8 and the 8.1 inch version of the Lenovo Miix2, are being removed from store shelves in the U.S. Remaining stock will be sent to countries like Brazil, China and Japan, where demand remains for such tablets.

While the smaller version of the Lenovo Miix is not being sold in the states, the 10.1 inch version will still be available. Bob O’Donnell, principal analyst at Technalysis Research, says that the manufacturer's actions are reasonable. Sharpening up his pencil, O'Donnell notes that smaller screened Android tablets are selling well, as opposed to Windows models. "It’s impossible for Windows devices to compete," said the analyst.

"In North America, we’re seeing stronger interest in the larger screen sizes for Windows tablets and are pleased with initial customer demand for the ThinkPad 10. In other markets, particularly Brazil, China, and Japan, the demand for ThinkPad 8 has been much stronger, so we are adjusting our ThinkPad 8 inventories to meet increasing demand in those markets. If market demand for ThinkPad 8 changes, we will re-evaluate our strategy."-Raymond Gorman, Lenovo spokesman

The move by Lenovo follows Microsoft's decision to cancel the launch of a Windows RT 8.1 powered Surface mini tablet, that was supposed to be released in May. There is speculation that the slate was 86'd by Microsoft, because the software giant felt that the 7.5 inch to 8 inch slate would not be a hit. Whatever Microsoft saw that made them cancel the Surface mini was also spotted by Lenovo.

source: PCWorld

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posted on 18 Jul 2014, 13:33 10

1. LeBrownJames (Posts: 201; Member since: 17 Mar 2014)


Tablets under 10 inches are dominated by android and IOS and that's what Microsoft and Lenovo saw.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 14:21

6. Jinto (Posts: 436; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)


I know but I wouldn't mind a small win tablet, i would use it like a tablet for fun and connect it to my monitor, keyboard, and mouse for work (or serious gaming)

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 16:03

17. Doakie (Posts: 2107; Member since: 06 May 2009)


I don't think they realize it's because Windows on a tablet sucks. I have an Acer laptop with a touch screen and Windows 8.1 and it sucks too. I have a Lumia 521 and it is pretty cool. However everything else touch screen with Windows sucks hard.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 17:11 1

25. medicci37 (Posts: 1287; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


I'm surprised no PA readers are accusing Lenovo of hating on Windows or trolling yet

posted on 19 Jul 2014, 01:01 1

38. sriuslywtf (Posts: 297; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


Because not all PA readers are troll sir.

Most of them understood what the article meant.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 13:36

2. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


just no need ms to expensive for basic use.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 13:58 4

3. greatoneiw (Posts: 41; Member since: 08 Apr 2014)


why would i use wp when android is just better ?

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 14:17 3

4. Jinto (Posts: 436; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)


This ain't wp, this is full on win 8.1

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 14:31 3

7. boosook (Posts: 1437; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


and why would you need full windows on an 8'' tablet?

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 16:27

20. Jinto (Posts: 436; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)


Comment #6

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 16:55

23. pookiewood (Posts: 631; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


Why not? My Dell Venue 8 pro is my most used device at home. I have a laptop and 2 standard PC's. I'm not using metro apps exclusively either. Different strokes.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 17:07

24. Deaconclgi (Posts: 405; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


For this reason:http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=efDdh1iOC_8

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 14:35 4

9. elitewolverine (Posts: 5188; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


When android can run x86 apps, then maybe. Currently any 7+ in windows tablet running 8.1, is just well, better.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 14:57 2

12. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


X86 desktop app on 7-8" screen w/ most likely low-ish specs for Windows device? Seriously, Android and iOS tablets are better, they have more optimized apps for tablets and apps are higher quality than apps found from Windows store. Also Windows 8 interface is definitely not everyone's favourite.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 17:13

26. Deaconclgi (Posts: 405; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Nothing is everyone's favorite.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=efDdh1iOC_8

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=In_WEdqnhbw

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Yzz7xstz-rw

My Dell Venue 8 Pro disagrees with you and Lenovo.

I would have bought the Lenovo 8 inch tablet but the Venue 8 pro was available and the Miix wasn't at the time. It's all Lenovo's fault. The V8 Pro was and is cheaper in many markets as well compared to the Miix.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 16:07 1

18. Doakie (Posts: 2107; Member since: 06 May 2009)


I highly disagree. Windows when being used for x86 legacy apps is not touch optimized especially for a sub 10 inch touch screen. Its touch points are designed for mouse precision. The whole experience sucks.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 16:43

21. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)


Android CAN run x86 apps(as every linux), what it can't is run windows apps, those are two completely different things.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 14:51 1

10. ManusImperceptus (Posts: 724; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)


Well, it isn't... :-)

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 14:53

11. sip1995 (Posts: 1592; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Why ?

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 14:58

13. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Why it would be better?

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 17:21 2

27. sip1995 (Posts: 1592; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


It's Windows, it can run both programs and apps (+android apps) It's good for work, it has stability and standard updates....

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 15:18 5

16. Liveitup (Posts: 1798; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


WP is better than Android so much so Android UI os copying WP.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 16:08

19. Doakie (Posts: 2107; Member since: 06 May 2009)


Derp. That's my only retort.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 14:19 1

5. Totse2k15 (Posts: 462; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


Weak specs overall, average design, that's why I don't buy Windows tablets. Surface Pro 3 ftmfw though, if I had the money for it. I'd stick with Android tablets for now.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 14:35

8. elitewolverine (Posts: 5188; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


because android tablets are more powerfull?

Please most don't run two apps, and the tablets that can, are over 600 new.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 15:15

15. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4465; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Nexus 7? And in store, most of the non Surface Windows and nicer Android tablets were around the same price when I was looking at laptops last time.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 15:03 5

14. Cyberchum (Posts: 678; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


I'll take a Windows 8.1 tablet sporting 7.5"-9" with 3GB of RAM over an android L one with same specs.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 18:20

29. Doakie (Posts: 2107; Member since: 06 May 2009)


:-/ The problem comes in that you're comparing Android a platform with over 1,000,000 finger touch optimized apps vs Windows 8 with just a handful of finger touch optimized apps and a ton of legacy apps that are optimized with a mouse pointer sized touch target.....

Android did it right. Instead of starting with a desktop OS and making it more finger friendly like Microsoft was trying to do they made an OS that was finger optimized which has grown up to be used on larger screens.... They're competing on the same battlefield with two totally different ways of doing things.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 20:55 2

35. sip1995 (Posts: 1592; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


What about Real Programs on and, just to mention it..... you can run Android apps on Windows.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 16:52 1

22. pookiewood (Posts: 631; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


I love my Dell Venue 8 Pro. The problem is OVERPRICED small tablets.

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