RIM breaks with tradition to slam rumours that the BlackBerry PlayBook has been discontinued. But how much longer can the tablet survive?
The BlackBerry PlayBook is not dead. That’s the official word from RIM after an analyst claimed that the slow-selling slate had been discontinued by Taiwanese manufacturer Quanta, which assembles the device.
In an official statement, RIM said, “RIM doesn't typically comment on rumors [sic], but any suggestion that the BlackBerry PlayBook is being discontinued is pure fiction. RIM remains highly committed to the tablet market.”
The terse missive came after analyst John Vinh claimed Quanta had, “…essentially halted production of the tablet.” The news would certainly not come as a surprise just days after Quanta cut staff after orders of the PlayBook slipped drastically. Only 200,000 of the tablets were sold by RIM in its second financial quarter.
Are you still planning on buying a PlayBook? Or do you think the writing is on the wall for the BlackBerry tablet? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section.