Lenovo website halts sale of Windows RT version of IdeaPad Yoga 11 hybrid tablet

Lenovo website halts sale of Windows RT version of IdeaPad Yoga 11 hybrid tablet

Summary: Another blow to the troubled OS comes at the same time as Microsoft slices prices on its own Windows RT Surface tablets.

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It's been a tough week for Windows RT, the embattled operated system Microsoft created to help it compete in the tablet market. First, the tech giant confirmed that it was slicing prices on its Surface RT tablets due to lackluster demand. Now, a key partner has halted sales on its website of its own Windows RT device.

Lenovo had hoped its IdeaPad Yoga 11 would makes waves with its convertible design, but critics (including ZDNet's own Matt Baxter-Reynolds) were lukewarm to Windows RT's cut-down Windows experience. In May, the company introduced the Yoga 11S, a version of the laptop/tablet hybrid that offered a full version of Windows 8.

Now Lenovo has apparently discontinued the RT flavor of the Yoga, stopping sales of it on the company website. The page annoucing the discontinuation advises that you can still pick one from a reseller if you want to own an orphaned product. (The Yoga 11S remains for sale on the Lenovo site.)

The Yoga RT's woes follow in the wake of Dell's price cut on the XPS 10 Windows RT tablet to $299 a couple of months ago. For now, however, Dell is continuing to sell the device.

Did you buy an IdeaPad Yoga? Do you think Windows RT tablets are doomed? Let us know your thoughts in Talkback section below.

[Via PCWorld

Topics: Windows, Laptops, Lenovo, Tablets, Windows 8

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  • it was the necessary consequence

    nothing more.
    Burn_ing_Shadow
    • Actually,

      It was the price of the tablet and it is still too high!

      $449 with the keyboard is too much.

      If it were like $379 with the keyboard the surface would likely start to sell.
      slickjim
      • windows RT fail

        no company wants to have prejudice, which seems to be the only sacrifice is the nokia, because it is a Trojan that runs the company, steve elop will bankrupt the nokia

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1zxDa3t0fg
        Henrique Dourado
      • too little too late。。

        W Rt will end up as school computers to tell how not to make computer。

        W Rt + cover will be sold out when Walmart roll back to $299.
        patrick lion
  • One by one all OEM will drop everything related to all Surface RT

    Sorry to say but the Surface Rt will go down as the Edsel of Computing.
    Over and Out
    • Very sad...

      It's very sad to admit it, but I fear you may be right. It's looking like it, at any rate.

      And I say that I'm sad because for about the past two hours I've been enjoying my Surface RT at a Starbucks, surfing the web, remoting in to work to tidy up a script, and just generally enjoying a very relaxing afternoon, and my battery level has barely dropped from full.

      It really is a liberating experience to leave home with my Surface RT and not even ponder the question of whether to take along the charger. It's nice to walk into a Starbucks and not immediately start scanning the room for the tables situated near a power outlet. I can sit wherever the heck I want.

      I know people are promising that Haswell will deliver all this and more. Well, I'll wait 'till the numbers are officially in. And if Microsoft can produce a Haswell based Surface Pro that's as thin as the RT, and runs as cool, but also allows me to run legacy software, then I'll be a happy camper. But even if Microsoft produces such a device... let's face it. It's going to start somewhere north of $1000 for a model with enough storage to be truly useful.

      Until that day, I'll keep using and enjoying my Surface RT, and sigh when I think about what might have been.
      dsf3g
      • But everything you just described can be done on an iPad.

        Sounds like you're describing how many has been using an iPad, since 2010. So why would consumers choose an unproven Surface RT at roughly the same price of a proven iPad? With a solid ecosystem, app, games and third party choices.

        OEMs hands were tied from the start trying to sell RT hardware. Having to pay a license fee to Microsoft for each hardware meant they were already at a competitive disadvantage to Microsoft's own Surface RT. Now that Microsoft has lowered the price (900 million dollars in the red later), it will be even harder for OEMs to sell RT tablets. I see many more abandoning the market.
        dave95.
        • There are reasons for each mobile device OS...

          iPad and Android are great consumer consumption devices. I like Android for its flexibility and variety of hardware, iOS for its great apps and hardware ecosystem.

          Then there is RT. RT has the best browser of all the mobile OSs, negating some of the limitations of the lack of apps. I like the desktop as I like using cascading multiple browsers and tabs. There is also all the USB devices I can plug into the device, even charging my Android phone. Along with Android, you can use a mouse with RT which allows far better RDP/remoting.

          To be truthful, I don't really like even the good Metro apps other than IE. I would not really want to use it as a eBook reader as I think iPad has a better aspect ratio for eBooks. I like Android widgets and custom shortcuts than live tiles in RT.

          Again, all these OSs have their pluses and negatives.
          Rann Xeroxx
        • not everyone wants Apple

          Who needs games? My wife surely doesn't we bought her a Surface RT as I have said, precisely because it runs Windows. the price was right, and the screen size was good.
          dhays
          • Because it runs Windows

            How did that work out? The thing you bought doesn't run Windows programs, and it doesn't have the familiar Windows interface. The only part of Windows it has is the word "Windows" on the box. Most people would feel they'd been tricked if they bought something named "Windows" that wasn't really Windows.
            Robert Hahn
        • not the same price

          How can you compare the top of the line ipad with the Surface Pro? For the same price the Ipad has battery life, the Surface Pro has everything else.

          I agree that the RT needs to be about a $299 device right now and about $200 by the time BayTrail comes out later this year. At the current $350 price Surface RT is competing with the ipad mini which has a much smaller screen.

          The bigger question is whether or not BayTrail blows out all ARM devices on both raw performance and power per watt.
          mswift@...
      • buy another one

        when Walmart roll back to $199, $250 with cover。LOL

        Nexus 7 is coming with higher resolution, may be MS should modify Rt‘s cover to work as its keyboard for $50 each.
        patrick lion
  • Intels current and upcoming chips have ARM crushed

    There's no reason for anyone to buy an ARM based device. And more importantly there's no reason for any OEM to produce ARM devices, theyre at a competitive disadvantage to Intel systems. Even android devices have no reason to use ARM. It was Intel that killed the rationale behind RT
    Johnny Vegas
    • That is just part of the reason

      Windows8 does everything WindowsRT does.
      There are enough similar Windows8 devices running intel atoms that cost as much or less than similar WindowsRT devices.
      WindowsRT doesn't have any real advantage over comparable windows8 device; price, battery, form factor, applications, etc.


      As for the Yoga11 with WindowsRT.... a starting price of $800 made it dead on arrival. The same can be said about almost every WindowsRT device. Competing with the iPad on the same price level has been proven to be a losing strategy for devices running mobile operating systems.

      The intel chip advantage is only going to make that issue more visible in the coming months/years.

      The big advantage of ipads/androids was form factor, battery life and app selection. All of which are gone or going away.
      Emacho
    • "There's no reason for anyone to buy an ARM based device.

      That must annoy the Hell out of you.
      matthew_maurice
      • "There's no reason for anyone to buy an ARM based device."

        Maybe, but millions of people do. That must annoy the Hell out of you.
        matthew_maurice
        • Call Carl Sagan

          Million? No. Billions. 6.1 billion in 2010. It's surely higher now.
          Robert Hahn
          • Not everyone in the World is buying smartphones.

            Or has World Hunger been solved already, so that everyone has spare cash to buy gadgets?
            Zogg
  • Intels current and upcoming chips have ARM crushed

    There's no reason for anyone to buy an ARM based device. And more importantly there's no reason for any OEM to produce ARM devices, they're at a competitive disadvantage to Intel systems. Even android devices have no reason to use ARM. It was Intel that killed the rationale behind RT
    Johnny Vegas
    • Johnny Vegas....So are you saying Intel is responsible for killing RT

      If that were true I'm sure Microsoft is pleased that a partner helped them loose , what was that figure $900,000,000.00.........nice to have friend like that wouldn't you say.......
      Over and Out