Update – Lenovo has issued a statement claiming that they will not be pulling out of the US market when it comes to small-size tablets.
Are smaller-sized tablets more popular than their large-screen counterparts? Given the popularity for devices like the iPad mini, the Nexus 7, and the Kindle Fire HDX, you would think so. However those are iOS and Android based devices, but in terms of Windows-based tablets, perhaps not so much, or at least that’s what Lenovo seems to think.
The company has recently confirmed that they will stop selling their smaller Windows tablets in the US, instead choosing to focus on other markets where there is apparently a bigger demand for smaller-sized devices. What this means is that if you were hoping to get your hands on the ThinkPad 8 or Miix 2, you might want to hurry before they are removed completely from the shelves in the US.
According to a statement made by a Lenovo spokesperson, “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.”
In the meantime Microsoft is expected to continue offering both tablets for sale via their stores, so if you can’t find them from third-party retailers, you should be able to find them on the Microsoft online store, but what do guys think? Is the trend of smaller tablets starting to die down in the US?