Lenovo says that 10.1" Windows tablet sales are strong

There have been reports that Microsoft was well into development of it’s a smaller-screen Surface tablet to slot in under the Surface Pro 3. In fact, the product got so far along in development that the name “Surface Mini” appeared in the product manual for the Surface Pro 3.
However, Microsoft reportedly dropped plans for the Surface Mini because it couldn’t make a business case for its production. The latest news coming out of the Lenovo camp may add a little bit more fuel to that speculation.

Miix 2 

Due to a lack of interest, Lenovo is discontinuing both its Miix 2 (introduced in October) and ThinkPad 8 (introduced in January) for the North American market. "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," said Lenovo spokesman Raymond Gorman.
Even though sales in the United States are a bust, Lenovo adds that sales in Brazil, China, and Japan have been strong for its 8”-class Windows tablets.

ThinkPad 8
The $299 Miix 2 features an 8” 1280x800 display, quad-core Intel Bay Trail processor, and up to 32GB of onboard storage. Lenovo’s “professional-ready” $429 ThinkPad 8 features an 8.3” 1920x1200 display, quad-core Intel Bay Trail processor, and up to 128GB of onboard storage.

Updated 7/18/2014
Lenovo has issued a statement saying that while it is no longer selling the ThinkPad 8 and Miix2, it will continue to sell small-screen Windows tablets in the future:

We will continue to bring new Windows devices to market across different screen sizes, including a new 8-inch tablet and 10-inch tablet coming this holiday. 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-inch, 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.

Source: ITworld

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