RIM's PlayBook 2 could come with 10-inch screen, white exterior

RIM's PlayBook 2 could come with 10-inch screen, white exterior

Summary: With a 10-inch screen, white exterior, and thinner bezel, RIM's PlayBook 2 may turn out to be the Apple product BlackBerry stalwarts have always wanted.

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High up on the lengthy list of complaints about RIM's ill-fated BlackBerry Playbook is the device's relatively paltry size. That the PlayBook's 7-inch screen size is actually a selling point of the device is inconsequential, because if the most recent set of rumors is true, RIM plans on increasing it in the device's follow-up.

That's not the only improvement, of course. Other speculation points to the PlayBooks larger successor possessing a ivory exterior (hey, it worked for Apple), thinner bezel, and SIM card slot.

What about software? According to rumors, the PlayBook's QNX OS will be updated in time for the PlayBook 2's release, offering native e-mail and calendar apps, and a BlackBerry Bridge-less tethering system. Which makes the PlayBook 2 exactly what the original PlayBook should have been.

The current rumors point to a holiday 2011 release date, which seems sort of sudden considering the original PlayBook was just released in April. Perhaps RIM is just as eager to forget about the PlayBook as the rest of us.

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Topic: BlackBerry

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  • RE: RIM's PlayBook 2 could come with 10-inch screen, white exterior

    As long as they continue to manufacture a 7 inch device as well as a 10 inch device, I will be happy.
    mylestonnies
  • RE: RIM's PlayBook 2 could come with 10-inch screen, white exterior

    This whole article and every other in this site is apple fanboy style :) you only fooling the uneducated readers everyone else can see right thought your intentions. I advise every reader to actually try everything with your own hands then decide.
    Cheers
    Starburst999
    • RE: RIM's PlayBook 2 could come with 10-inch screen, white exterior

      @Starburst999
      Yup last Blackberry I had left a bad taste in me for their productts...
      Hasam1991
    • RE: RIM's PlayBook 2 could come with 10-inch screen, white exterior

      @Starburst999 Right on! I have a PlayBook , and it's AWESOME !
      jimcmf
    • RE: RIM's PlayBook 2 could come with 10-inch screen, white exterior

      @Starburst999 You are absolutely right!

      i've used IOS, Android on the galaxy tab and now on the playbook. I'm enjoying it a great deal. The UI is the best thought-through, better than IOS and android!!! True multi-tasking and all. really snappy response.

      As for the lack of apps, what's available is good enough. And it will only get better.

      7 inch is too small? It's a full HD screen pal! and once you start using a 7 inch, you won't want go for the ipad!

      The playbook is simply delightful! you writers are indeed writing crap to say the least!
      Samuel Koh
      • RE: RIM's PlayBook 2 could come with 10-inch screen, white exterior

        @Samuel Koh
        I have the 7 inch galaxy tab and the xoom and waiting for the HTC flyer next and if you use both a 7 and 10 inch device you almost always go to the 10 inch device over the 7 but the 7 is nice at times but the 10 inch is much more useful and prefered. the ipad is to limited a device to be considered.
        Fletchguy
  • RE: RIM's PlayBook 2 could come with 10-inch screen, white exterior

    Be careful, if you put in a ten inch screen and cover it in white plastic, Apple will sue you.
    grant@...
    • I was thinking the same thing, and the scary part

      @grant@... <br><br>is that you're probally dead on, they will sue them.
      Will Pharaoh
  • RE: RIM's PlayBook 2 could come with 10-inch screen, white exterior

    Gee, didn't Jobs say "who would want a 7" screen" ?
    All those 7" headed for the land fill.
    And another ding in RIMM's budget.
    m_a_simons@...
    • They said that so that others won't make a 7 inch tablet

      @m_a_simons@...
      So that when Apple runs out of "things" to put in the 10" iPad, they'll have innovated again by making a 7" inch tablet, something nobody else has made.
      Will Pharaoh
    • RE: RIM's PlayBook 2 could come with 10-inch screen, white exterior

      @m_a_simons@... I bought one! Flash and all. It's AWESOME !
      Slides nicely in my pocket !
      jimcmf
  • Ha! They could probably fit a 10&quot; screen in the same form factor

    I dont think I've ever seen so much wasted real estate on a hand held consumer electronics device. And forget the qnx rumors, when we say what about software we mean would this ever be decent hardware to try to load windows 8 onto. As long as it stays a blackberry it's a dead end. They're losing phone subscribers to fast to continue subsidizing things like this...
    Johnny Vegas
  • RE: RIM's PlayBook 2 could come with 10-inch screen, white exterior

    This would be less Playbook 2 and more another model in the Playbook family. The hardware (CPU/memory etc) will be the same as the 7" model. So for those users that prefer a 10" screen they have both.<br><br>Just like they offer a variety of Blackberry models, so unsure why this is so confusing to the tech press. Oh thats right they like to spread FUD about anything RIM related and spin it as negative as possible. <br><br>BTW isn't there a rumored iPad 3 due that fixes all the things lacking on iPad 2? Funny how that works positive for Apple eh?
    MobileAdmin
  • WOO HOO

    My brand new iPad 3G with ATT service just arrived!!!!! not sure why I went with Apple instead of a Playbook..
    Hasam1991
  • RE: RIM's PlayBook 2 could come with 10-inch screen, white exterior

    It seems that nobody wants to give the Playbook a fair review so I've posted my own on several blogs and here it is on this blog. It's a fair, informed and honest one... and that's more than I can say for most journalists

    lets see now...

    PB: HD high quality screen.
    iJunk: Makes cathode ray tube look like the latest in high tech..

    PB: 2 high quality front facing stereo speakers.
    iJunk: 1 mono rear facing. Hello!!!! humans have 2 ears!!!

    PB: multitask.
    iJunk: do one thing at a time or i'll be confused DUH.

    PB: 2 high quality cameras with 1 HD.
    iJunk: don't bother to say cheese it would not make a difference.

    PB: HD video @ 60 frames/sec.
    iJunk: believes 60 frames/sec is too fast and speed kills.

    PB: watch your HD movies on your big screen using HDMI.
    iJunk: you need to buy and adapter????

    PB: tether it to your phone using bluetooth for 3G data connection.
    iJunk: pay over $100 more for 3G and buy a seperate plan.

    PB: flash web browsing.
    iJunk: Jobs says looking at flash websites for too long makes you become cockeyed and of course the brainwashed iFans believe it.

    PB: QNX runs anything from nuclear plants to cars to satellites to PB.
    iJunk: iOS runs ummmm iJunk.

    PB: Problems with 900 PB? We'll deal with it before it gets to consumers.
    iJunk: Dead pixels? Maybe the consumers are all farsighted and they will not notice.

    PB: very intuitive and innovative interface.
    iJunk: click app, click home button, click app, click button, click...... iJunk fans say it's magic.

    PB: starts at $499. Cheap for what you're getting.
    iJunk: starts at $499. well... you're getting junk and the proof is in the list above...

    My review is based on facts and nobody can say otherwise not even those brainwashed fanboys.
    nehmeg
    • Wow!!

      @nehmeg I wonder what kind of poison you take.

      The voices in your head sound like fun people.
      wackoae
      • RE: RIM's PlayBook 2 could come with 10-inch screen, white exterior

        @wackoae
        Don't worry I'm getting help... I got an app for that on my PB.
        nehmeg
      • RE: RIM's PlayBook 2 could come with 10-inch screen, white exterior

        @wackoae
        what @nehmeg mentioned up there are all true! Do yourself a favor. Find out for yourself for real. I did!
        Samuel Koh
    • RE: RIM's PlayBook 2 could come with 10-inch screen, white exterior

      @nehmeg Brilliant!
      HusseinHallak
    • AMAZING!!!!!

      @nehmeg i loved your review and i agree with you and all the people that thinks that apple has brainwashed its consummers! I HATE APPLE!!!!! i had and iphone 3gs but ditched over a blackberry coz i got tired of it and now blackberry is my love! i love it! and i really think a LOT of the posts in this blog are apple fan-ish! coz they always write bad stuff about it no matter what brand it is!! sad but true! maybe apple is paying them for it or brainwashed them too!! #applesucks
      alexrocks502