Same-day update: See end of post.
Of course I saw the news in China first — because I read China right after checking Comments for this blog in the morning — but I’ve linked to an American source because it’s the American market affected.
I don’t exactly know how to parse this. Lenovo’s ThinkPad 8 was significantly more expensive that their Miix 2 and the Dell Venue 8 Pro. But they’re also stopping sales of the Miix 2 as well.
What hurt both the Dell Venue 8 Pro and the Miix 2 were the contortions people had to go through to use them with something like the Plugable dock or just cabled to a monitor. Their USB ports did double-duty for AC charging as well as video-out. There was no separate HDMI-out port — except on the massively more expensive ThinkPad 8. And while using a monitor could be done wirelessly, it introduced latency that could be frustrating sometimes.
Size, lack of HDMI-out, price — just one thing or two or all three contributing to people avoiding them?
I’d add a fourth variable too: Where the hell could people try them? They’re not carried in any brick and mortar stores. I had to try the Venue 8 Pro at a Dell pop-up store — and then the Miix 2 was at an Intel pop-up store. You can’t create a market based on pop-up stores (even though Amazon is trying in China).
This makes me wonder if Dell will stop the Venue 8 Pro too.
If they do, that’d leave people ordering eight-inch tablets from China. Unless there’s actually no demand for these things to support a market in America.
It’s going to be interesting to see how many people buy the Teclast X89HD Windows edition.
We will continue to bring new Windows devices to market across different screen sizes, including a new 8-inch tablet and 10-inch tablet coming this holiday. Our model mix changes as per customer demand, and although we are no longer selling ThinkPad 8 in the U.S., and we have sold out of Miix 8-inch, we are not getting out of the small-screen Windows tablet business as was reported by the media. In short, we will continue to sell both 8 and 10 inch Windows tablets in both the U.S. and non-U.S markets.
So WTF? Was someone screwily misquoted or is Lenovo backtracking? Summon Mulder and Scully.