TCL to produce a BlackBerry tablet?

TCL to produce a BlackBerry tablet?
The BlackBerry PlayBook was the one and only tablet ever produced by the company. The OS, built by QNX, paved the way for BlackBerry 10. There were some positives, especially the multitasking experience which called to mind the card-swiping UI found on webOS. At the time, BlackBerry was still overshadowed by the godawful launch of the BlackBerry Storm 9530, even though that debacle took place roughly 30-months before the PlayBook was launched.

So when BlackBerry released the PlayBook without a calendar app and a native email client (only the one application that BlackBerry was well known for), eyes rolled again. The slate was not what you would call a big seller. By 2013, nearly two-years after the PlayBook's launch, then CEO Thorsten Heins said that BlackBerry had no plans to produce another tablet. And that's where things were left until today.
On the MWC website is a listing for every company that is participating in this year's show. BlackBerry's listing notes how its phones are now manufactured, marketed and sold under a licensing agreement with TCL. At the bottom of the listing, under tags, BlackBerry is given credit for being a manufacturer of Devices, Consumer Electronics, and Tablet Devices.

It might not mean anything, or it might mean that with TCL involved, BlackBerry is going to make another attempt at producing a tablet. Of course, we would expect any new BlackBerry branded slab to be powered by Android.

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13. midge27

Posts: 46; Member since: Oct 19, 2014

Tablet sized slider would be original and refreshing. Priv was buggy upon release because it was their first android attempt. It's improved immensely. Releasing a polished slider would be interesting (but expensive if it came with a keyboard and flagship specs)

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 23093; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'd love to see a BlackBerry branded tablet with a fixed physical keyboard, like a tablet sized Passport or Mercury/KeyOne, but that would likely be expensive as well.

12. midge27

Posts: 46; Member since: Oct 19, 2014

Making an android version of the passport but an inch taller would work. Would be easy to do due to the mercury's software similarities.

10. JohnGrant

Posts: 46; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

They had better be sure that TCL will be manufacturing, marketing, and dealing with all other components. BlackBerry would deal with the software and security like their mobile device deal with TCL. If they can strike the same deal, then it's a win for BlackBerry has long as they sell enough to recoup their investment in the facets they're responsible for. I suspect that it wouldn't cost much more to BlackBerry to replicate their software apps and security onto a tablet. Don't they do that already with the "spy-proof" Secusmart tablet they make for Germany in partnership with Samsung (they provide the tablets)? They just better not call it the Playbook 2, any mention of that name conjures unfavourable memories.

9. liberalsnowflake

Posts: 273; Member since: Feb 24, 2017

Its a shame that blackberry has outsourced its production to a cheap chinese company.

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Actually TCL has made the DTEK60 which is based on one of their better products.

8. Pitrich

Posts: 239; Member since: Apr 13, 2016

I can never get back the time I lost when I clicked on this link

6. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3201; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The Playbook got a bad rap for the "missing" PIM apps. They weren't missing, they were only accessible via the Bridge from a OS7 phone. This was a secure tablet meant for those big-wigs who would get drunk at a bar in Bangkok and leave their tablet behind. Great idea, not well received.

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

Blackberry Playbook 2? totally not curious ffor that,,

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 23093; Member since: May 28, 2014

Considering that IF a new BlackBerry tablet were to be released it would be running Android, it wouldn't be a "Playbook 2". But don't let the facts get in the way of a good story.

7. Nate650

Posts: 41; Member since: Nov 11, 2015

BlackDroid Tab.

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

A blackberry tablet, a "good" blackberry tablet in the vain of the DTEK60 would be nice. And it needs to have ffs as well.

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 23093; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'd wait until there was more information about this or a conformation from TCL/BlackBerry Mobile before taking this seriously. Besides, I don't think BlackBerry Mobile will be entering the tablet space anytime soon, if at all.

1. Rafishant

Posts: 413; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

It is just a business tag. BlackBerry used to add this "tablet" tag in every time they participated in MWC every year.

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