TCL to produce a BlackBerry tablet?
by Alan Friedman / Feb 23, 2017, 3:02 PM
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.
source: mobiltelefon.ru (translated)
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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.
posted on Feb 23, 2017, 3:42 PM 2
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Blackberry Playbook 2? totally not curious ffor that,,
posted on Feb 23, 2017, 5:54 PM 0
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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.
posted on Feb 23, 2017, 6:29 PM 1
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Its a shame that blackberry has outsourced its production to a cheap chinese company.
posted on Feb 24, 2017, 3:36 AM 0
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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.
posted on Feb 24, 2017, 7:44 AM 0
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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)
posted on Feb 25, 2017, 4:41 AM 0
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