10" PlayBook Production halted to focus on QNX Superphone Report
10″ PlayBook Production Stopped In Favor of First BlackBerry ‘Superphone’ « N4BB – News for BlackBerry – leaks, rumors, videos, faqs, reviews
N4BB just posted this...we all know there's no way of knowing how legitimate it is, but if this claim holds any water, I'm glad to hear it.
Releasing any variant on the PlayBook before the one we currently have in our hands is perfected would just be ludacris, and the reason RIM is hurting so badly right now is due to slowed and lackluster phone releases. Let's hope this is true and is the first step to getting back on track.
Now release the 9900 already, based on the videos we've been seeing it looks finished.
Wasn't sure which section of the forums to post this on but I think this is OK as it is directly PlayBook related.
06-28-11, 01:32 PM #3
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A ten inch Playbook would be just plain stupid. Why go head to head with the king of 10 inch pads? I really hope they aren't continuing down the trail of "me too" devices. the whole thing about Playbook is the compact size. Happy this is just a rumour - LEAD RIM LEAD! Don't follow. Go back to being innovative instead of another copy cat.
- 06-28-11, 01:33 PM #4
+1 for moving on to the phones instead of a 10" tablet.
Kind of felt that I was beta testing for the phones with my playbook expect we will see a lot of the same UI. By the way anyone want to argue that, YES I'm FINE with THINKING I'M TESTING.
- 06-28-11, 03:13 PM #7
i want my cake & pie too
i love the 7" form factor but i wouldn't mind a 10". also, i want the superphone because that is gonna save RIM and me from going droid. i want the super phone but now that i know the 10" is not coming soon i can be at peace with he 7" b/c that really would have made my dreams come true to have a new superphone and a 10" tab. i am so in love with this playbook
- 06-28-11, 03:13 PM #8
Hope this is true; as the OP mentions this is the most logical rumour about RIM to come out in quite sometime. I'm loving my PlayBook, but I NEED the phones!
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06-28-11, 03:16 PM #9
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From the rumor article it sounds like instead of 'growing' the PB from
7">10" they are planning to mini version 7">4.3" as a phone.
This sounds great to me.
RIM appears to want to go after the
iPad (9.7" diag) <> iPhone (3.5" diag) combination
by producing a higher power
PB tablet (7" diag) <> phone (4.3" diag) (with OS like 9900) combination with the BB user in mind.
The BB idea is a killer combo!
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06-28-11, 03:18 PM #10
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The thing is, a tablet is a mobile device right there in between a laptop and a smartphone. Its supposed to be powerful like a laptop (though not exactly as powerful obviously), but portable like smaprtphone (though not exactly as portable obviously).
Thats the great thing about the Playbook, its the most powerful tablet on the market, as well as the most portable. Unlike other tablets we could mention that are the exact opposite. lol
- 06-28-11, 03:29 PM #12
I like it, assuming its true, for the reasons already stated. At this point, RIM needs to do 3 things at the same time -- 1) get their OS 7 Phones out the door this summer; 2) get the Playbook up to speed and firing on all cylinders; and 3) press ahead with next year's QNX phones. I don't know if they could have added a 4th item -- produce, release and promote a 10 inch version of the Playbook without the first 3 suffering in the process. If they get the 7 inch Playbook rolling with momentum, and have a powerful compliment to it in upcoming phones, then they might have the luxury of the time and capital to add a 10 inch tablet as well.
- 06-28-11, 03:42 PM #15
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I love the 7" PB, but think that their is a market for the 10" and that RIM should produce it at some point. It would be easy for them to do as they could just shove the same components, larger battery with a 10" screen and be done. That said I want a new phone and they need to leverage this PB development into the phones as that is the core business. Once they have the security certs, the native e-mail and PIM working and the radio stacks from the 4G versions it should be easy to get to the phones.
- 06-28-11, 04:06 PM #19
Everyone knows there has been this nearly crippling bottleneck on the phone certification front, due to changes in the chipsets and OS's, and this has led to delays and extended silences with respect to handsets that are absolutely positively coming out, yet still not officially announced. So there is this billowing cloud of uncertainty enveloping RIM, and anyone can project that other things are hiding in that cloud. RIM definately wants to clear the air and release its roadmap to the world, but are hanging tough until the time is right to do so.
- 06-28-11, 04:12 PM #20
I'm not going to quote every post that mention RIM in stumbling because of the rumor. But isn't this what we all want QNX phones. I say if it is true good job RIM way to refocus. You own the 7" tablet market right now (OK, you are the only there but still leading) get to the QNX phone release. Release a 10" tablet after they are released and QNX is more polished.
- 06-28-11, 04:27 PM #22
I know this, if the CEO has made this strategic decision to suddenly change directions and they put out an incomplete QNX phone or miss another deadline, then RIM is toast.
Hopefully, RIM pulls it off, but again it looks like a hail mary pass to me. Looks like they are feeling so much pressure to perform that they just went against all the investor guidance they just provided on their earnings call.
- 06-28-11, 04:43 PM #23
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- 06-28-11, 04:43 PM #24
Never mind how it looks, this is the best decision RIM could have made. The 10" PB would have killed both products off with one blow. Now, RIM nor its fans will have to deal with explaining the purpose of a 10" after they have made so much noise about the 7" being so much better.
They don't have to deal with the pricing nightmare of having both units on the shelf at the same price, or the 10" being priced out of the market, or having to eat their words about the 7" price to begin with.
Finally, they don't have to deal with the Osborne effect of people who are waiting around to see the 10" model before making a purchasing decision. All this, and the added advantages of freeing up more time for working on the product they already have and the QNX platform, in general.