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Update 7/18/14 - Lenovo has issued a statement regarding the original comments and have since clarified their position, which can be found below:

"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." – Ray Gorman, Executive Director, External Communications, Lenovo

Microsoft and Lenovo evidently cannot catch a break as the PC manufacturer is reportedly halting sales of its small-screen Windows tablets. ITWorld has confirmed that Lenovo is pulling their 8-inch tablet line, including the high-end ThinkPad 8 and Miix2 here in the States, redirecting the stock to other countries.

According to a Lenovo spokesperson "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."

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Review: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

When Lenovo first introduced the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook in 2012, we were faced with a machine that was close to perfection. Sure, the original iteration was not perfect in every sense but it came closer than any Ultrabook we had available.

Now that we have landed in 2014, the company has released its third iteration of the ThinkPad X1. We've spent a little time with the 2014 edition of the ThinkPad X1 and after the break, we see what has changed for the better and for the worse.

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Lenovo already has the ThinkPad 8 available for consumers to enjoy, but the company has inadvertently leaked a 10-inch version from the same family on its Australia store. This has occurred prior to any official announcement, showing a fully populated product page with all the bells and whistles one would expect from a live product. What's not surprising is the 10-inch tablet shares much in common with its smaller sibling.

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Lenovo has announced their new ultra-portable - the IdeaPad Flex 10 – in India. The Flex 10 flips 300° from laptop to stand mode, making it an interesting convertible device for work and entertainment while on the go.

Unlike most convertibles in the market, the Flex 10 does not convert into a tablet, but into a stand mode which is quite useful for media consumption or casual browsing. The 2-in-1 features 10-point multitouch display optimized for Windows 8.

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I often hear a lot of complaints from people I meet here in India about the Surface tablets and the Nokia Lumia 2520 not hitting our shores. We could either believe or argue the reasons offered by Microsoft and Nokia about the same, or look at all other options available in the market right now and make an informed purchase decision.

In a Microsoft event last week, I learned about twenty Windows 8.1 tablets from seven original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that are on the shelves at the moment or coming in a couple of weeks or so. In this post, let’s take a look at few of them.

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A real quick analysis of today’s announcements by Microsoft, specifically in regards to Windows Phone, shows that Microsoft is loosening the belt on their mobile OS. Back when Windows Phone 7 Series was announced at this very event four years ago, Microsoft had set very strict hardware requirements in an effort to keep the user experience consistent and ensure a quality experience.

That’s a very different approach from Android, which has a more ‘anything goes’ method for hardware, resulting in proliferation of Android throughout the mobile market. Apple, of course does the opposite: they only make their own hardware, so there are no manufacturer opportunities.

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Barcelona – Today, Microsoft announced a new reference design hardware sample for potential OEMs and ODMs. The move, in conjunction with reduced hardware requirements like front facing keys, will allow new manufacturers to easily jump on board with Windows Phone.

A new site (oem.windowsphone.com) that just launched will allow any potential manufacturer to view and review key component and design details based off of the Qualcomm reference design. The move is certainly bold, as Microsoft is now actively courting all hardware device makers to get on board with Windows Phone. To sweeten the deal, Microsoft has made the OS more universal across hardware, allowing OEMs to ‘recycle’ their Android phones by simply putting on Windows Phone instead.

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Out of all the Windows hybrid machines we have been able to get our hands on, Lenovo’s line of YOGA machines still sit among the best. The company’s current YOGA 2 Pro is an excellent unit, but with its $999 price tag, it can be out of reach for some. In a world where cheap Windows laptops reign supreme and Google Chromebooks at $249 look like a good option for some, we really need a truly great, yet affordable, Windows 8 machine – enter the Lenovo YOGA 2.

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Are you enjoying one of Sony’s VAIO Windows PCs (such as the Sony Duo we just reviewed)? If so, you may be in for a bit of surprise when you hear that the company is possibly planning to sell off its PC division. Sony’s PC line has performed poorly for the company, especially when compared to their gaming and home entertainment division.

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Earlier this month, Lenovo announced the ThinkPad 8, a new 8-inch Windows 8 tablet. We managed to get some hands-on time with the product at CES 2014, but now we're pleased to relay news that the tablet is available for purchase direct from Lenovo. How much will you be required to part with to pick the ThinkPad 8 up? Pricing starts from $429.

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Do you fancy a slim, sweet looking table PC from Lenovo? The 27-inch Horizon 2 may well be the device for you. The product itself is just 19.5mm thick with weight shaved off to make it easier to carry around the home (or office). We managed to get some hands-on time with the Horizon 2 at CES 2014. Swipe past the break for more details and some awesome footage.

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2014 is just getting starting and we already have one of the biggest tech events of the year getting underway. CES 2014 doesn’t officially start for another two days, but we’ve got press releases coming out and a big press day tomorrow. Lenovo just unveiled a handful of new devices, like the successor to the popular Lenovo X1 Carbon ultrabook and a new 8-inch tablet that looks like a winner already.

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The Confusion

If you head over to your local electronics shopping center, the blinking LEDs and flickering screens you witness from the lineup of computers on display, are most likely coming from what OEMs call “consumer machines”.

Since the birth of the personal computer, there have always been Consumer PCs and Business PCs; machines aimed at two separate markets that claim to be focused on what matters most for the particular individual. What truly makes a business machine what it is versus a consumer machine, and what is the state of each within today’s market?

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