Windows tablets outside of the Surface are typically a hit-and-miss proposition, but few do it as well as Lenovo. Recently, Lenovo made overtures that in the US, some of their Windows-based tablets will be hard to come by. Though they won’t be dropping tablets (or Windows) altogether, they won’t be releasing any new smaller Windows tablets in the US.
Citing a plain ol’ lack of interest, Lenovo says they’re dropping smaller Windows tablets from their US offerings. They didn’t offer up a threshold for what screen sizes they would let us grab stateside, but two of their 8-inch tablets —- the ThinkPad 8 and Miix 2 — are no longer being shipped the to the US.
If you’ve been on the fence about grabbing one of those, you may want to act quickly. While we won’t see any new shipments, it seems existing inventory is being redirected to territories where the tablets will still be available. Brazil, Japan, and China are on the short list of countries where a smaller Windows tablet from Lenovo will still be available.
Windows tablets in general barely register in sales metrics, and the smaller form factor was well behind competing platforms (Microsoft didn’t support it until late last year). There also isn’t much interest generated by Redmond outside of the Surface, suggesting support isn’t necessarily enthusiasm (Microsoft has still not released a smaller Surface tablet).
Source: PC World