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Lenovo has not abandoned 8-inch Windows tablets

Contrary to many media reports that "Americans don't want small Windows tablets," Lenovo denies that it has abandoned 8-inch Windows tablets in the U.S. market.

Tjhe popular 8-inch Windows Tablet Lenovo ThinkPad 8
Lenovo Newsroom / Lenovo.com

In a press release Lenovo clarifies, "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."

Many media outlets were quick to report that Lenovo had given up on the 8-inch Windows tablet, as illustrated in the attached video.

The Apple Insider was proclaiming in their headlines, "Lenovo axes small Windows tablets in the US after struggling to compete with Apple's iPad mini."

No so fast Apple

The Apple Insider later added their own clarification in an update at the end of the article stating, " In a statement posted to its website following Friday's report, Lenovo clarified that it will not abandon the U.S. market for small-screen Windows tablets."

The article did not change their headlines, or bold print sub-headlines. Also, no comments have been made to the article since the Lenovo clarification.

With the Lenovo ThinkPad 8 priced at under $400, and the Lenovo MIIX 2 8-inch Windows tablet priced at under $300, both competed directly with the iPad mini.

Whether you love them, or hate them, it is hard to deny that Microsoft Windows is still relevant, especially for readers of the Apple Insider.

The relationship between Microsoft and Lenovo is closely watched. Chinese based Lenovo is one of the world's largest producers of Windows based computers, and their actions, such as decisions on what Windows based tablets to produce, can greatly influence the business market's opinion of where Microsoft may be headed.

Currently both the online Lenovo store and the Microsoft store are out of stock on the MIIX 2 8-inch Windows Tablet. But if you crave an 8-inch Windows tablet, you can still find some online stores with stock.

The return of the Lenovo mini tablet

It will be interesting to see if an Lenovo 8-inch Windows tablet emerges back on the scene for the Christmas shopping season.

Lenovo could use the famous Mark Twain quote as a marketing slogan for an upcoming 8-inch Windows tablet, "The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated."