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BlackBerry could be working on the PlayBook 2 tablet

Despite its problems, it is rumored that BlackBerry is working on a BlackBerry 10 tablet that could be a refresh of the 2-year old PlayBook slate.

BlackBerry is currently going through tough times and its decision to leave the consumer market behind almost completely makes it even harder to believe that a PlayBook 2 tablet is on its way, but this is what the latest rumors say. The BlackBerry 10 tablet is not a new topic, especially since the BlackBerry 10 operating system has been available with the Z10 smartphone for a while now.

According to CrackBerry's Adam Zeis, after John Chen became BlackBerry's new CEO things started to become really interesting for the Canadian company, as its plans for the near future seem to have changed and the BlackBerry PlayBook 2 made it  back on the roadmap. Previously, Thorsten Heins made it clear that the company had no intention in updating the PlayBook or to release any kind of tablet using the BlackBerry 10 operating system.

To make it all even more interesting, Ciol listed the BlackBerry PlayBook 2 as one of the top 10 tablets for Christmas 2013 in an article published yesterday. The description of the device highlights the use of BlackBerry 10 operating system and even mentions the price - "It's much improved on its predecessor and at just £160, it's hard to grumble." Unfortunately, this is all the information provided by Ciol about this slate.

While this rumor needs to be taken with a grain of salt, one cannot ignore the chance to see the BlackBerry PlayBook 2 around just in time for Christmas. After all it is possible that the tablet was under development for a while, then work stopped due to the company's financial struggles and now everything is back on track.

What remains to be seen is whether the BlackBerry PlayBook 2 can offer a deal good enough to make it attractive in a market with competitors that provide excellent value for the money such as the Google Nexus 10 or not.


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Codrut Nistor, 2013-11- 8 (Update: 2013-11- 8)