Two new BlackBerry PlayBooks in 2012?

Two new BlackBerry PlayBooks in 2012?RIM’s first foray into the tablet market - with the BlackBerry PlayBook - was nothing less than an absolute disaster, so the Canadians are well and truly done with tablets, right? Right?

Nope. Unwavering BlackBerry fans N4BB reckon RIM is planning to release not one but two spanking new BlackBerry PlayBooks this year.

The first will be yet another 7in BlackBerry PlayBook. It’ll be released in April and rock PlayBook OS 2.0. That’s all we know for now.

The second will be a 10in BlackBerry PlayBook, landing in December. It’s widely believed that RIM had such a device in the proverbial pipeline last year, but canned it when their first tablet effort fell flat on its face.

However, N4BB reckons – get this – that RIM was simply too busy working on BlackBerry 10. Ahem.

Speaking of BlackBerry 10, our BlackBerry-worshipping friends suspect the first device will slip from a rumoured May release to September, and that there’ll be just one BlackBerry 10 phone this year.

RIM, RIM, RIM. What are we gonna do with you?

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JanSt / MOD  Jan. 19, 2012 at 11:28

How bizarre O_o

But to a degree ALL non-iOS tabs and pads were a disaster.
And how many big phones flopped last year? The Play's fate doesn't stop Sony from releasing more Android phones, right?
Most WP 7 devices dropped 30 - 50 % in value within a couple of months, but Nokia placed the whole mobile division's fate on MS's OS.
HP flopped the Touchpad and launch overpriced Win 7 tabs while Win 8 is already hyped.
And for every bestselling well received Sammy and HTC there are 2 flops...
It seems to me a dozen mobile devices are subsidising hundreds of crappy underachievers.

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 19, 2012 at 17:46


matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 19, 2012 at 17:47

Jan, I know it wasn't released outside of the US, but the Kindle Fire was selling (not shipping), 1,000,000+ units per week in December. That's not exactly disaster figures.

On every other point I agree though. A few good devices seem to carry the phone companies whilst helping to fund all the flops.

I thought I'd make a nice list of each company's devices that sold well in 2011 in the UK:

Samsung: Galaxy S2, Galaxy Ace, Galaxy Note, Galaxy S (pre-S2 months).

HTC: Sensation (and XE variant), Desire S, Wildfire (pre-Wildfire S), Desire HD.

Sony Ericsson: Arc (and S variant), Xperia Play (after massive price cuts, probably shouldn't be on the list).

Motorola: RAZR...Atrix was a bit of a flop in all honesty. The Droid range sold well in the US.

LG: Optimus 2x sold kinda well when it was the only dual-core phone, after others came out, the price plummeted.

ZTE: Blade and Skate both sold pretty well, Blade more so, AFAIK.

(Note how short that list is compared to how many phones were actually released/sold in 2011....)

Any more people think of I'll happily add them to the list, or Jan can via a Mod. edit :).

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 19, 2012 at 17:56

The Kindle Fire doesn't count. Honestly. It doesn't. The people who want a tweakable tab with as many free apps as possible, the full Market and a proper browser will not consider the Fire for one minute.

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 19, 2012 at 18:07

If you know what you're doing you can easily get the Fire running AOSP with all the G-apps including market access.

Whether we count it as a proper tablet or not, personally I don't, it's still sold millions of units over the past couple of months (all in only one country as well, albeit a big one). As a general rule though, Android tablets are a failure. That $250 quad-core tablet from Asus looks promising though :p.


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