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...
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31. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Venue 8 Pro is a netbook with touch screen. I am not buying another netbook again too under powered. I rather wait and spend the extra dollar for something more powerful. 2GB ram is just right for Android but too little for Windows 8.1 I would wait for an 8GB windows tablet. That's my baseline for a good windows 8.1 experience.

36. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

8GB is what Windows desktops came standard with in 2008. Windows today, in 2014, needs 16GB minimum. It's just a heavy pig OS.

40. zekes

Posts: 230; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

not true my 2014 hp came with 4 gb of ram even tho i have 8

28. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Let's see, Windows 8.1 legacy programs - check. Ability to use EVERY peripheral available on a desktop - check. Full Windows Update support - check. To say that any Android or iPad is better than a Windows 8.1 tablet is a clear demonstration of total ignorance. Apps cannot, and will not, ever replace desktop programs. Get this through your thick skulls: Android and iOS are MOBILE OSes.

34. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

but on a small tablet , using those legacy apps can be a total pain

30. checkmymike

Posts: 219; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

Same is true wirh windows phone.

32. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

So many amazing things have been demonstrated at Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference yet the idiots at phone arena choose to highlight crap like this. Here's a few https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOPIvC0MlA4https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04o3aakwlQM&list=UUCb9_Kn8F_Opb3UCGm-lILQhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iftVQAbhfU If I recall correctly there were no less than 50 articles after google i/o, most of it about useless rubbish aimed at selling google advertising space.

33. asphaltpilot

Posts: 14; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

As phones get bigger, demand for small tablets vanishes. Even Apple said they suspect the iPhone 6 will cannibalize iPad Mini sales. With that said, I have a Dell Venue Pro 8 and it's great. I chose it over the Lenovo Miix 2 because there was an $80 difference. The Venue is $199 on walmart.com. I couldn't resist.

37. NateAdam8

Posts: 437; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Good Specs and a 128Gbs of Hard drive and That'd be nice cause I'd like to own a small tablet but not Android cause they're everywhere these days.

39. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

hmm Dell has not given up selling their 8 inch Windows 8.1 Tablet in the USA nor has Acher and others. Lenovo tablets 8 inch tablets cost more than other tablets. The truth is Desktop x86 legacy Programs on a small screen are harder to see & use than Apps designed for touch screen devices. Microsoft is now in the process of making a special touch screen version of Office for it's Windows 8.1 tablets but it's not ready yet. The Microsoft Surface mini may not come out until it is ready. Microsoft Windows 8 is a tainted OS I think Windows 9 that will arrive next year will be more accepted by People than Windows 8/8.1 has been. It will be designed to boot to the desktop automatically if you do not have a touch screen Monitor. The Windows touch screen apps store will still be available for Desktop enthusiast to use and it is rumored that in Windows 9 you will be able to put a Tile app on the Desktop if you wish to. It is also rumored that microsoft will make a special Desktop version of Windows 9 for desktop lovers. if this is true then Windows 9 will be accepted more than Windows 8/8.1. I think that Microsoft should have the tile interface only used on touch screen tablets and touch screen all in one Desktops but never put on non touch screen Desktops Servers or Laptops. if they had done this when Windows 8 first came out things would have been better off. the current OS is best for Hybrid computers.

41. HildyJ

Posts: 338; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

First, Lenovo has clarified their comments and stated they would be back in the small Windows tablet market later this year. As far as Windows on an 8" screen, I find it very usable on my Dell Venue 8 Pro. The one thing the Venue lacks is a Wacom stylus (the Synaptics solution is getting better with driver updates but it's still no Wacom). The 8" Thinkpad and Miix lacked an active digitizer of any sort. I suspect this is what will be corrected with their new model. Both the Thinkpad Tablet 2 (which I own and which is under powered, hence I upgraded to the Venue) and the Thinkpad 10 have Wacom built in. As a mouse replacement, it solves desktop navigation problems. Accurate handwriting input is also a plus and inking in OneNote or Evernote is perfect for meetings. A Thinkpad 8 with a Wacom stylus (and Windows ability to tie into corporate networks and security suites) would make it a great business tool. You can slip it in your suit coat to take to meetings or telecommute from home. If you only need Facebook, Netflix, and Angry Birds, a Windows tablet is probebly overkill. If you want a laptop supplement or even substitute (I go with a tablet and a desktop, myself), Windows tablets might be better for you. If you value portability over screen real estate, an upgraded Thinkpad 8 might be your device. Sent from my Venue 8 Pro, on my back porch, holding it in one hand and using the other to type and smoke my cigar.
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