RIM To Scrap iPad 2 Rival Tablet To Speed Up QNX Superphone Development

There are claims that Canadian manufacturer RIM will abandon the development of a 10-inch Blackberry Playbook and focus instead on the forthcoming QNX-based superphone according to N4BB.

The handset, like the Bold Touhch 9900, will apparently feature a 1.2GHz ARM-based single core SoC and a 4.3-inch display with a HD ready resolution (ed : that's not unlike what's expected from the Nexus Prime, 1280x720 pixels at least).

This would however contradict what RIM executives have stated before; that the company wouldn't release a QNX-powered smartphone without a dual core SoC inside.

But then, employees at RIM have apparently voiced their concerns over the battery life of the Playbook which is powered by a TI OMAP dual core SoC clocked at 1.2GHz.

It actually makes sense for RIM to focus its resources on getting QNX up and running as soon as possible rather than launching yet another tablet whose only major selling point would have been a bigger screen size anyway.

With QNX on handsets AND tablets, QNX will stand on equal footing with HP (and WebOS), Google (and Android) and Apple (with iOS) and may therefore entice developers to develop for a signficantly bigger user base. In addition, it removes the need for RIM to elaborate new marketing strategies to position both a 7-inch and 10-inch tablet without any significant and costly overlap.