Sales of Windows RT-based tablets have never done so well. I know it, you know it, Microsoft knows it. But have they been so bad that it’s already time to nix the handful of devices running the very limited OS? It appears so, since Lenovo is no longer directly selling the IdeaPad Yoga 11.
Released in December 2012 following several delays, the 11-inch convertible ultrabook/tablet can still be scored via a number of online retailers, including Amazon. But with Lenovo’s official website listing it as “no longer available”, chances are current stocks will not be replenished. Ever.
That’s pure speculation, of course, and one could also presume a second-gen Yoga, running Windows RT 8.1, is on its way. But that’s very, very unlikely. Especially with Lenovo having been released an IdeaPad Yoga 11S, based on the “full” Windows 8 operating system, just a few months ago.
Said device also comes with Ivy Bridge heat in tow (unlike the original Yoga 11, which was powered by a Tegra 3 CPU) and starts at $750 in silver gray or $800 in “Clementine Orange”. If anything, Lenovo might be planning to follow up on this particular variant of the hybrid, maybe with a model packing an Intel Haswell processor and Windows 8.1. We’ll see…