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

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.


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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ThinkPad 8
  • Display 8.3" 1200 x 1920 pixels
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  • Display 8.0" 1280 x 800 pixels
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  • Storage 32 GB + microSDHC

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41 Comments

1. LeBrownJames

Posts: 201; Member since: Mar 17, 2014

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

6. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 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)

17. Doakie

Posts: 2465; Member since: May 06, 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.

25. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

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

38. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Because not all PA readers are troll sir. Most of them understood what the article meant.

2. engineer-1701d unregistered

just no need ms to expensive for basic use.

3. greatoneiw

Posts: 41; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

why would i use wp when android is just better ?

4. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

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

7. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

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

20. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Comment #6

23. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 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.

24. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

9. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

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

12. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 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.

26. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 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.

18. Doakie

Posts: 2465; Member since: May 06, 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.

21. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

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

10. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

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

11. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Why ?

13. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Why it would be better?

27. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

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

16. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

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

19. Doakie

Posts: 2465; Member since: May 06, 2009

Derp. That's my only retort.

5. Totse2k15

Posts: 475; Member since: Feb 11, 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.

8. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

because android tablets are more powerfull? Please most don't run two apps, and the tablets that can, are over 600 new.

15. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 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.

14. Cyberchum

Posts: 1011; Member since: Oct 24, 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.

29. Doakie

Posts: 2465; Member since: May 06, 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.

35. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

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

22. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

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

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