BlackBerry is considering a PlayBook tablet follow-up

BlackBerry is considering a PlayBook tablet follow-up
BlackBerry has a long way to go to be competitive in the smartphone world, and new CEO John Chen has said that the company will focus more on server enterprise software in order to regain its footing. But, that doesn't mean the company isn't also looking into other hardware form factors. BlackBerry is apparently open to making a follow-up to the ill-received PlayBook tablet.

Pocket-lint spoke with BlackBerry's vice-president of global product management, Francois Mahieu, at MWC this week, and Mahieu did admit that the company would consider making another tablet. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem as though there are any immediate plans to do so anytime soon. Mahieu said about the tablet:

That is vague wording to contend with in that statement, but the ultimate message is pretty simple: BlackBerry is definitely not going to be showing off a tablet in the near future. 

source: Pocket-lint



1. megaSUNNY

Posts: 88; Member since: Jun 26, 2012

it's so late to do anything BB.pity on you.

8. rihel_95

Posts: 305; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

How about adding play store in playbook? Will be less hassel than sideloading apks

2. domfonusr

Posts: 1094; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Sure, I guess some people liked the Playbook, but I don't think "everybody loved it". The OS on the original Playbook wasn't ready for prime-time, but now that their QNX base has developed into BlackBerry 10, it shouldn't be out of the question. It would now support things like a calendar, and email independent of another BlackBerry device, so it would have many of the basic and important features that the Playbook once lacked. They will need to really make a compelling tablet in order to cast off the old reputation they had from the Playbook.

9. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3166; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I guess you've never owned one since PIM apps have been around since they released OS 2.0. But don't let that get in the way of your "facts".

10. domfonusr

Posts: 1094; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

I understand... hence the statement "once lacked." The lack of PIM features on the Playbook at launch certainly had an effect on its sales early on, and although Playbook OS 2 added these, it still didn't get that 'lacking' taste out of everyone's mouths. On a more positive note, BlackBerry 10 is set up to be a much better contender out of the gate, should BlackBerry consider another tablet launch. Yes, Playbook OS was also QNX-based like BB10, but BB10 is much more mature and finished. I would like to see BlackBerry succeed at hanging on to some marketshare, and survive.

3. lucid.brat unregistered

Its good time to bring tablet bt BB price will matters a lot in this case and I think u should consider on low budget or mid range tablets

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

And "promise" a future update and drop all support months after? No thanks.

5. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

I bought a Playbook and thought it was a good device. Now I think it's a doorstop because the browser sucks and it isn't always stable. They pretty turned their back on the consumers by promising an update to BB10 and then shunned the device. I'd be a fool to buy Playbook 2.

12. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

I have a Playbook too! Last time I turned it on was last year in July!

6. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

The "old guard" at BlackBerry released a product that wasn't quite ready when the PlayBook debuted. It wasn't an awful product, but there was much room for improvement. Hopefully, with the new management team on board, we will one day in the future see a new BlackBerry PlayBook that is ready for prime time.

7. imkyle

Posts: 1116; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Lets see how about updating your first one?

11. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

I like my Playbook and still use it over my Windows 7 tablet when I want something light and easy to carry. The web browser is still better than what I see on Andrid in most cases. And being able to run multiple applications each in its own window is very nice. If they released a new one with more RAM and faster CPU running BB10 I would probably buy it for around $300.

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