Now that Apple’s kicked the market for smaller tablets into high gear with the release of the iPad mini, a key question for business and professionals is whether these devices are suitable replacements for notebooks, just as some feel the fuller-sized 10-inch models are.
Lenovo’s CEO Yang Yaunqing thinks the answer is no, these smaller tablets compete more closely with large-screen smartphones rather than PCs.
"The market accepts the 7-inch [tablet] better than the 10-inch. That's a very strong signal, the tablet will not replace the traditional PC," Yaunqing said during a conference call with analysts reported by CNet.
"Probably, the tablet will compete with the large-screen smartphone rather than the PC," he added.
While Lenovo is very much in the tablet game, the company is also banking on so-called convertibles, like its recently introduced IdeaPad Yoga Windows 8 model, to replace traditional notebooks. Convertibles include a touchscreen display with the same functions as a standalone tablet.