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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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Up to 3GB of onboard storage?
By Sivar on 7/18/2014 12:04:15 AM , Rating: 2
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The $299 Miix 2 features an 8” 1280x800 display, quad-core Intel Bay Trail processor, and up to 3GB of onboard storage. - See more at: http://www.dailytech.com/Lenovo+Pulls+Plug+on+Smal...

This is not correct. "up to 3GB of memory" would be incorrect as well.
The device supports up to 2GB memory and 64GB storage.
Good article though. I had no idea that 10" tablets were so popular in Windows space, since it seems 8" tablets are far more popular using the more limited mobile OSes.




RE: Up to 3GB of onboard storage?
By chizow on 7/18/2014 11:05:55 PM , Rating: 2
The battle of 8" vs. 10" in the Windows space was encapsulated by the Asus T100 10" vs. Dell Venue Pro 8 choice. The 8" Venue Pro was definitely more portable, but 8" just isn't big enough for a full-blown Windows tablet running "Desktop mode" or legacy apps. The 10" isn't perfect either, but it is big enough to be a good laptop and tablet replacement. Given the small difference in price (maybe $50-100 max), I believe most consumers did end up opting for a 10" Asus T100 on the cheap end.

You can get an idea of its success and appeal here:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/davealtavilla/2013/11/...

On the high-end, you of course have the Surface Pro at 10.6" as well as the Dell Venue Pro 11, along with the various options mentioned here from Lenovo, HP etc. I purchased an Asus Transformer T100 at launch and recently purchased a Surface Pro 3 and I can say I've experienced first-hand the preference for a larger 10+" tablet. I do feel an 8" would've forced me to stay in Metro mode for comfortable viewing, which is not always going to be the case.


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