RIM has officially commented on rumours that it would be cancelling its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet after poor sales. The verdict: not on your nelly.
Online speculation was that after a shaky first few months of sales and a dearth of apps for its native QNX operating system, the BlackBerry PlayBook was headed the same way as the HP Touchpad and the JooJoo tablet. However, an official response from RIM smacks down the notion:
“RIM doesn’t typically comment on rumors, but any suggestion that the BlackBerry PlayBook is being discontinued is pure fiction. RIM remains highly committed to the tablet market.”
Fighting talk, but you’ve got to wonder just how much choice RIM are going to have in the matter. Just yesterday, Amazon announced its own Kindle Fire tablet, which is a dead ringer for the PlayBook (made by the same production company with the same design) while also costing less than half as much at $200. Could this be a subtle hint at a possible second tablet from RIM? We’ll have to wait and see.