updated 10:52 am EDT, Fri July 18, 2014
Citing lack of demand, devices start coming off retailer shelves
Lenovo has ceased sales of sub-10-inch Windows-based tablets in the US. The cessation is not from a manufacturer's defect or recall, but because the company is seeing little demand for the devices in the North American market. Devices affected by the pullout are the company's ThinkPad 8, and the smaller size of the Miix 2 tablet.
Lenovo spokesman Raymond Gorman writes that 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," said Gorman.
The Miix 2 with the eight-inch screen has already been pulled from most store shelves, with the 10.1-inch model still available.