Lenovo might no longer sell netbooks online
Lenovo has recently decided to stop selling Netbooks through its website. However they are yet to decide if they will start to sell them again in the future.
According to Ray Gorman, Lenovo spokesman, the models that were available on their website were already sold out and will not be replaced in the near future as he commented via an email. However he has not commented on the distribution of the Netbooks at retail shops.
He also added that Lenovo is having a great success with the IdeaPad Tablet K1 and IdeaPad Tablet A1, and are generating good traffic on their website for those. Lenovo’s decision might have come to such a conclusion because of the tablets or the low priced Notebooks, which are outshining the Netbooks.
Lenovo earlier offered S-series Netbooks with Intel’s Atom processors. Now they only have the ThinkPad X130e ultraportable notebook with an 11inch screen that could come in size of the Netbooks. However the price of this particular device is about $469.
Dell has also stopped offering Netbooks and it also seems that HP and Acer also scaling down their offerings. According to Jay Chou, an IDC analyst, Netbooks sales have declined since the second half of 2010. Apple’s iPad reached the market on April 2010, so we may say that tablets are the major factor in declining the sales of the Netbooks.
All the Netbooks shipped by major manufacturers have shown a drop of 30 percent during the fourth quarter of 2011 adds Chou. Lenovo also reported a drop of 43 percent. Although they are dropping in their sales but these Netbooks are also reported to be making a good business in emerging economies which mainly includes the counties of Asia and Latin America.