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RIM could be scrapping 10-inch PlayBook tablet plans

Development of the rumored 10-inch model may be cancelled in favor of a BlackBerry smartphone

The rumored 10-inch PlayBook tablet may never see the light of day, at least according to

The source claims to have received word that RIM has decided to cancel the development of the 10-inch PlayBook in favor of a high-end BlackBerry smartphone. The possible 10-inch PlayBook was rumored to be in the testing phase since early May and was even said to sport an improved screen.

If true, the cancelled development may mean RIM is not too satisfied with sales of the 7-inch PlayBook. The rather mixed initial reviews for RIM’s first tablet with the BlackBerry Tablet OS and BlackBerry App World likely aren’t helping, either. It remains to be seen whether or not the PlayBook lineup will be expanded to multiple screen sizes in the future.

Although the 10-inch PlayBook is looking grim, N4BB notes that the 4G variant of the 7-inch model could still be a possibility. In fact, the source is even predicting an October release for the 4G-enabled tablet. Such a model was supposed to be released for Sprint this year, but the Sprint online store is only offering the WiFi model for now with no word of a 4G variant.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-06-29 (Update: 2012-05-26)