Tablet computers will be dead within five
years as smartphones become powerful enough to provide the processing
power for an array of displays, Blackberry CEO Thorsten Heins said in
remarks published Tuesday.
"In five years I don't think there'll be a reason to have a tablet anymore," Heins said in an interview with Bloomberg News. "Maybe a big screen in your workspace, but not a tablet as such. Tablets themselves are not a good business model."
Heins' comments indicated that BlackBerry, which is struggling to retain its foothold in a smartphone market it once dominated, is unlikely to spend resources on developing a successor to its failed Playbook tablet, which spluttered badly when it launched in 2011.
While Heins did not elaborate on his startling prediction, he has expressed doubts about the future of tablets in past interviews, arguing that the smartphone will be the center of the computing universe.
"You will not carry a laptop within three to five years," Heins told the New York Times last November. "Instead, smartphones will power the PC workstations of the future, replacing laptops and desktops."
"This is not just a smartphone anymore," he told ABC News in March. "This is your personal computing power. Think about what you can do with that. How many personal computing devices do you carry? Why not unify this to one device that executes all your computing needs?"
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