Nobody wants a small Windows tablet, world’s biggest PC maker claims

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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.

  • thanxal

    Duh. They don’t want the larger ones either.

  • http://amigalounge.com/ Glen VanDenBiggelaar

    That’s because everyone wants to price it like a premium Apple product. There is a reason why low end android tablets do very well, but the big companies refuse to see it. HP PROVED that people will line up around the block for a $99 tablet, even if it never saw another update again. Same with the BB.
    Cheap sub $99 tablets will always sell out, because they are disposable, and can be lost or given to kids etc. Until the Marketing genius’s figure this out, all windows tablets are doomed to failure.

    • Kr00

      Well there obviously wasn’t enough people lined up around the block for HP tablets, ay, and did you ever wonder why there wasn’t a follow up? That failed strategy and was the reason HP killed WebOS and its tablets/devices. A $99 price tag is a subsidised price and cheap for a specific reason. To kill off competition in an attempt to corner a marketplace. It didn’t work and it cost HP billions.

      It costs MS $285 to make the low end Surface device and Apple $320 for the low end iPad. So what price should you expect to pay for them?

      You can bet your bottom dollar no decent manufacturer will offer subsidised devices ever again. Whats the point in offering a customer a cheap device that ends up giving you a cheap end experience? You never gain customer loyalty, you just end up with a reputation for making crap. A customer might buy a cheap device once, but after having a cheap experience, they look for something better.

      People want to enjoy their devices, not loath them. The only people who enjoy low end, cheap devices, are tight asses who don’t give a crap what you offer. Thats not a customer any decent company wants in the first place. That type of customer will jump ship just for a dollar and will never become a loyal customer. You won’t see cheap and rubbish devices on the market anymore. Its commercial suicide.

      The only reason why people don’t buy Windows tablets, Windows 8.

  • lowtolerance

    > No one wants a Windows tablet

    FTFY

  • Robert Trance

    Why would they want, it’s crap! We don’t want junk!

    • Grunt_at_the_Point

      Have you tried it [have you held one in your hands]? I didn’t think so.

      • Robert Trance

        Don’t try to think too much, it hurts you…

  • Charilaos Mulder

    “Options for 10-inch Windows tablets have now been narrowed to offerings from HP, Asus, and the barely-hanging-in-there Dell Computers.”

    > and Microsofts own Surface tablet of course, which is the best choice out there, more compatibility and less bloatware, hardware and software made by the same company, allowing for better integration and a more seamless experience.

    I feel like we have seen this before.

  • http://www.eazycomputers.com/ PhoneTechJay

    Only kids want windows 8. They want to make it like android, Lots of bells and whistles to get you in the door but have fun learning everything. Most features actually end up unused in general. Microsoft would be surprised how many people want a smaller tablet over the bigger one. I bet if the iPad minis 7.9 in came out first not many people it would outsell 9.7 in version.

    • Tallest Skil

      No, small tablets are nothing more than a minuscule niche.

      • http://www.eazycomputers.com/ PhoneTechJay

        Smaller tablets around 7-8 inches are the perfect size. Big tablets are heavy and just netbooks with out a physical keyboard. Its easier to break the screen of a tablet then a laptop/netbook and its more to repair it also. A big tablet is just pointless. Get a laptop or ultrabook you’ll want the cursor, keyboard, maybe even a trackpad. The surface is just that. A smaller tablet is more portable and easy to store and having a s good protective case wont make it even more bulky. As long as it isn’t too small of a tablet its a much better buy.

      • Tallest Skil

        >>the perfect size.

        For literally nothing a tablet is designed to do.

        >>Big tablets are heavy and just netbooks with out a physical keyboard.

        Take your lies somewhere people are stupid enough to believe them, please.

        >>A big tablet is just pointless.

        Thanks for pretending you speak for anyone in the tablet market.

        >>you’ll want the cursor, keyboard, maybe even a trackpad

        I want absolutely none of these. THAT’S WHY I AM BUYING A TABLET. Think before posting.

      • http://www.eazycomputers.com/ PhoneTechJay

        A tablet is designed to be a portable computer in which that is what they are big or small. When they are bigger it defeats the purpose of it being portable.

        “Big tablets are heavy and just netbooks with out a physical keyboard.”

        “you’ll want the cursor, keyboard, maybe even a trackpad”

        >>Take your lies somewhere people are stupid enough to believe them, please.

        So I guess that’s why Microsoft provided two type of keyboards for there surface and other companies who make the bluetooth keyboards /cases specifically for the tablets. I’m not saying everyone will want to use them.

        Also you did not think before you posted. You will want a keyboard I didn’t state whether it was physical or on-screen.

      • Tallest Skil

        There is nothing less portable about a larger iPad.

        >>I’m not saying everyone will want to use them.

        Apple provides a keyboard that can be used with an iPad. Heck, Apple provided a keyboard DOCK for the iPad. I guess that means they don’t think the current iPad is portable, either!

        Or maybe this has nothing whatsoever to do with the argument.

        >>Also you did not think before you posted. You will want a keyboard I didn’t state whether it was physical or on-screen.

        Again, nothing whatsoever to do with what was posted. You’re moving the goalposts from your original claim of hardware.

      • http://www.eazycomputers.com/ PhoneTechJay

        Yes the keyboard, docks, etc had nothing to do with the portability. Just stating my opinion the the 7-8 would be more portable than the bigger ones. My other opionion was that if you had the bigger tablet you’d lose out of some portability and with the bigger screen some may be more inclined to get a separate keyboard. You claimed that Small tablet was merely a niche there are millions of customers buying smaller tablets and will continue to do so.

      • Tallest Skil

        “Millions” can be (and is) a niche. Millions more buy laptops, which are larger, and those millions will buy larger tablets, not small ones.

      • http://www.eazycomputers.com/ PhoneTechJay

        In that case tablets in general are merely a niche and it doesn’t depend on size.

  • Brian Steele

    Lenovo corrected the earlier report, indicating they they’d actually sold out of the Miix 2 8″ tablet and are prepared to remain in the market for Windows 8″ and 10″ tablets. The 8″ Windows tablets are pretty neat – I got myself the Asus 8″ version and I use it very often, both for entertainment and getting work done (not only in tablet mode, but in desktop mode as well, when it’s connected to my USB docking station).

  • http://weredowefit.blogspot.com/ Aidan,Nevins

    I own a 10.1 Acer. Best tablet in my opinion. Old OS noting fancy no issues as of yet. I need ports. In small tablets you get nothing. on my low rater iconia I have micro HDMI and a full USB.

    Both of those made it extremely useful in every situation. Play movies on the big screen, USB device with playlists and files. 10 inch screen to maneuver and work without confined space.

    I have that, the Galaxy S4 and a custom built gaming pc. Perfect trifecta. Only need a Sheild now.

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