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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 (opens in new tab).

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.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.