BlackBerry To Launch New BB10-Based Tablet

BlackBerry is planning to launch the all-new BlackBerry PlayBook tablet by the end of 2013 which will be running the company’s latest BB10 operating system.



PlayBook was part of core focus of BlackBerry, Mike Al Mefleh, director of product management at BlackBerry, said during the BlackBerry User’s Forum in Dubai to Emirates 24/7.

Sources also told Emirates 24/7 that the device could be available as early as the end of second quarter of this year. However BlackBerry officials could not confirm the exact date.

“We have a very clear road map. The company will launch six additional new devices in 2013,” said Al Mefleh. The PlayBook will be one among these six new devices.


Meanwhile other sources have stated that the company might release BB10 OS update to the exiting BlackBerry PlayBook and later the company would release the all-new tablet, probably a 10 inch model.

“An upgrade can easily be released to make the existing PlayBook compatible to BB10,” said Amit Kanodia, CEO of NoteSmartly.

“We are developing an all new NoteSmartly app for the Playbook, which will be released in time for the launch of the new BlackBerry PlayBook,” he said.

The existing PlayBook was launched in April 2011 which failed to create buzz in the market competing with Apple’s iPad and Samsung Android-based tablets.

The PlayBook features a 7 inch display at 1024 X 600 pixels resolution, powered with 1.5 GHz dual core processor paired with 1 GB of RAM and runs on BlackBerry OS.

It also comes with 5 megapixel camera at back and a 3 megapixel front facing camera. It has LTE and HSPA+ for connectivity and 32 GB of storage.