Then there were 3–RIM may be scrapping the Blackberry Playbook


The Blackberry Playbook has not exactly set the world on fire, selling only 200,000 in their last full quarter (even Windows Phone sells better than that!) Now a rumour, started by Collins Stewart analyst John Vinh, is spreading that Quanta has halted production of the low-in-demand QNX-based tablet.

In an investors note he said:

“While Quanta last week acknowledged that it had laid off a significant number of production workers from a factory focused on producing the PlayBook, our research indicates that the ODM has essentially halted production of the tablet, Vinh wrote. “Additionally, our due diligence indicates that RIMM has cancelled development of additional tablet projects.”

RIM has called the rumour “pure fiction”, saying:

“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.”

Microsoft is planning to re-enter the tablet market with Windows 8 in 2012.  The market is currently dominated by Apple, with Android tablets generally not selling well and HP completely stepping out of the market last month.