Microsoft’s hopes of slowly taking over the U.S. tablet market just took another hit as Lenovo, the world’s largest PC maker, has decided there’s pretty much no demand for any Windows tablets under 10-inches.
Lenovo told PC World that they’re seeing stronger interest in larger screen sizes in North America, so they’re going to stop selling all of their small Windows Tablets in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, and push the ThinkPad 10.
As a result of Lenovo’s new strategy, both the ThinkPad 8 and smaller version of the Mix 2 will soon be impossible to find on store shelves, with all the remaining stock being diverted to places like Brazil, Japan, and China, where interest in smaller tablets is stronger.
Microsoft was planning to launch a smaller version of the Surface alongside the Surface Pro 3 last month, but it’s been rumored that the impending 5.5-inch iPhone 6 scared the company into scraping launch plans. Options for 10-inch Windows tablets have now been narrowed to offerings from HP, Asus, and the barely-hanging-in-there Dell Computers.
Interestingly, Lenovo hasn’t decided to stop selling its small Android tablets in the U.S. Other small Android tablets like the Nexus 7, Galaxy Note, Amazon Kindle, and iPad mini have flourished in the U.S. over the last two years, showing there’s definitely demand for small tablets, just not the Windows variety.