BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins is not a fan of tablets.
Heins questioned the need for the mobile devices in an interview with Bloomberg conducted on Monday.
“In five years I don’t think there’ll be a reason to have a tablet anymore,” he said to Bloomberg.
Those are bold words for BlackBerry, which of course has had a checkered history with its sole attempt at a tablet, the BlackBerry PlayBook. The PlayBook was a massive flop when it debuted without core BlackBerry e-mail and messaging apps, and is now considered more of a bargain-bin item.
Still, there are some BlackBerry faithful eager for a PlayBook successor running on the updated BlackBerry 10 operating system, something Heins appeared to throw cold water on. Heins has previously said that the company wouldn’t make a tablet unless it could do so profitably, and he reiterated that point to Bloomberg. But he also said he didn’t believe the tablet business was a good one to be in.
Apple, of course, has made mountains of money selling its iPad tablet, and profitable or not, Amazon has seen wide adoption of its own Kindle Fire franchise. Samsung Electronics said it sees tablets, driven by its duo lines of Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Note tablets, as a growth driver for the company.
In those next five years, Heins said he expects BlackBerry to be a leader in mobile computing, but apparently without the aid of tablets.