Blackberry’s only attempt at a tablet device, the first gen PlayBook, has already lived its life though no replacement was ever made available. Now, almost three years later and with new management in place, we could finally see some movement taking placing here. Former CEO Thorsten Heins had virtually ruled out a PlayBook successor, at least for the near future. However, the earliest for such a tablet to become a reality will be not before 2015.
This timeline is understandable considering the mess that the company is in right now. Demand for its once famous BlackBerry line of smartphones has seen a sharp and steady decline and the company’s revamped OS, the BB10, hasn’t exactly fared too well. Under the circumstances, investing a whole lot of resource into developing a PlayBook 2 could prove to be suicidal, more so when the tablet market itself is showing signs of slowing down as it settles into a more stable state.
Still, designer TheJelen has come up with a concept design of what the PlayBook 2 could be like when it’s launched. Apart from bearing a striking resemblance to the iPad Air with its narrow bezels along the edges, the device otherwise offers some excellent specifications. This includes a 2.3 Ghz Snapdragon quad core chip that works in conjugation with an Adreno 330 GPU and a 4 GB RAM. The last bit is interesting as this will allow the tablet to run as many as 16 apps simultaneously. As for internal storage, the tablet will offer 34 and 64 GB memory options with a micro sd card slot to allow addition of another 128 GB.
This concept has a 10 inch display, a departure from the 7 inch display that the first gen PlayBook came with. The Super AMOLED will offer a scintillating resolution of 2048 X 1536 pixels. The tablet comes with a front and rear 2 and 8 megapixel camera complete with flash. As for its power, that will be derived from a 10Ah battery with a run time of 10 hours.
Despite the impressive spec sheet, to launch a device with these bells and whistles is one thing, but making it palatable for consumers is a completely different ballgame. Customers who part with the few hundred dollars will no doubt want to put those RAMs to use. In other words, the lack of suitable apps has plagued BlackBerry devices in the past and the problem could be repeated if corrective measures aren’t in place. Their recent move to allow BlackBerry World to accept Android apps is definitely a step in the right direction.