Liliputing wrote yesterday via CrackBerry that a second BlackBerry tablet might go into prodution, and just like with BlackBerry smartphones, the new tablet would then be a BlackBerry Android tablet built by one of BlackBerry’s partners.
The source of all this is BlackBerry CEO John Chen’s earnings call, where he specifically said outright that: “We are now expanding to the next phase of our licensing program. This will focus on a broader set of end points. What this MIGHT mean and I make no promise, is that you may soon see a BlackBerry tablet.”
The disclaimer is needed, since John Chen also said in 2014 that BlackBerry was on its way to manufacture a new BlackBerry tablet or slider tablet back then. But nothing ever came out of the talks.
The first and only tablet from BlackBerry, was the 7-inch BlackBerry PlayBook, released in 2011, back when Texas Instruments was supplying processors to tablets. It had 1GB of RAM and a 1024 x 600 resolution display.
But what made it lose marketshares was the fact that it ran the operating system BlackBerry Tablet OS, and not iOS, Android, or Amazon’s Fire OS. And BlackBerry just wasn’t large enough to offer an ecosystem of apps and media of the same type that the three others could offer between 2011 to 2012. So the tablet faced the same fate as BlackBerry’s smartphones did when they ran BlackBerry’s own OS.
The BlackBerry PlayBook is still available today though, for a price of $39 for the 16GB model.
– Tom Bowen