Lenovo Group has issued a special statement denying plans to cease selling Microsoft Windows-based media tablets with displays smaller than 10” in the U.S. and Canada. Apparently, the company is working on new tablets with smaller screens for the aforementioned markets. The slates are projected to become available later this year.
“We will continue to bring new Windows devices to market across different screen sizes, including a new 8” tablet and 10”tablet coming this holiday,” the statement by Lenovo reads. “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”, 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.”
Last week a representative for Lenovo said that the demand for small Windows-based tablets in the U.S. was lower than in other countries and the company made decision to cease selling such products in North America.
As it appears, the company simply plans to offer different tablets with Windows and smaller screens going forward. It is likely that the new tablets will be powered by new hardware. It is also possible that they will be more affordable than the ThinkPad 8 and the Miix 8.
It is interesting to note that Microsoft itself decided not to launch its own Surface Mini tablet based on the Windows RT operating system earlier this year, which indirectly confirms that users who prefer Windows platform also prefer larger displays.
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KitGuru Says: It will be interesting to see what exactly Lenovo plans to offer later this year… Small tablets featuring Windows may not be really popular, but everything may change if Lenovo offers something truly competitive.