Rumours of the 10-inch BlackBerry “PlayBook 2” had it potentially coming thinner, 4G/WiFi only and in black and white. This was expected to be released in time for the 2011 holiday season, but it now seems the plans have been completely scrapped. The reason is apparently due to RIM putting all their focus on producing some kind of BlackBerry “Superphone” that’s powered by their QNX OS (same as what’s in the PlayBook). No word on a possible release date but rumoured specs include the same single-core 1.2GHz processor that’s in the upcoming Bold 9900. Hopefully this gets bumped up to a dual-core processor because that’s what RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis said the “Superphone” would include. In addition, the upcoming Berry might come with a 4.3-inch touchscreen with a high res display that’s over 900+ pixels (iPhone 4 has a screen resolution of 640 x 960 pixels).
We want RIM to massively succeed and we’re hoping the upcoming devices over the next couple years will put them back on the positive track. Jim Balsillie, the other RIM co-CEO once stated that “we absolutely have a whole next generation of smartphones, so strategically we feel fantastic”… bring these on and others will feel fantastic too.