Research In Motion (RIM) rushed out the BlackBerry PlayBook earlier this year that received little love for its many platform shortcomings—check out our review. The tablet was based on RIM’s new QNX OS, to which the company is struggling to transition. Although the promised 4G version of the tablet has yet to arrive, there are already reports that RIM may discontinue the Wi-Fi model.
In a note to investors, RBC Capital Markets Managing Director Mike Abramsky reported that the company may discontinue its production of the Wi-Fi BlackBerry PlayBook. This model is the only one the company currently produces, as the 3G/4G version is still in the horizon.
Abramsky partially attributes this development to weak PlayBook sales and believes that the halt in production would even out the surplus in channel inventory. Another major factor is RIM’s need to focus resources on the 3G/4G PlayBook, their QNX-based “superphone,” and the upcoming seven BlackBerry OS 7 smartphones.