Who can really say they’re stunned by this news?
Days after Microsoft confirmed plans to eliminate 18,000 jobs in response to the software giant’s struggling mobile business unit, Lenovo says it’s backing away from the production of small-screen Windows tablets.
Sources close to Lenovo say the company is done selling a number Windows tablets that boast screen sizes under 10 inches. The ThinkPad 8 and one of the Miix 2 models will be the first to get tossed in the U.S. 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,” Raymond Gorman, a Lenovo spokesman, tells PCWorld.
“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,” Gorman continues. “If market demand for ThinkPad 8 changes, we will re-evaluate our strategy.”