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May 22, 2013

Would you like to see a BlackBerry, Padfone-like device?

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Would you like to see a BlackBerry, Padfone-like device?

I certainly would, as this could really help to boost sales (though they aren’t doing too badly at the moment). through the roof.

So the argument goes like this, Would a Shell like device really work. My answer, why not! Lots of users think the Padfone was a great idea and, those that bought it like it.

CEO Thosten Heins’ coments

First he predicted the demise of tablets (Video) and then said they should be easier to use. While these two comments made out he was contradicting himself, they don’t need to be – if we’re talking about a device like the ASUS Padfone, everything makes sense. Perhaps he just hinted us what BlackBerry is working on? Let’s hope so.

But what about the ports?

Looking at the both Z10 and Q10 the microUSB and HDMI ports are on the same side although not in the same position with the Z10 ports being more to the middle. I’ve seen geneic charging devices that have sliding microUSB male plugs so it can be done, as both ports on the Q10 and Z10 are the same distance apart.
It’s not hard to imagine a tablet shell which can house either of the two devices. MicroUSB port is there for charging, while HDMI out would be used to beam the image from the BlackBerry Z10 or Q10 to the bigger screen.

I was one of those predicting the demise of BlackBerry when the company was ruling the day (and some arguments like the lack of patents still apply); today with the new management, however, I believe they can return to the game, big time. I just hope if BlackBerry does launch a tablet shell that it will make it available in few different screen sizes, ranging from 7 to 10 inches, and that there will also be a keyboard dock.

The question is – would you be willing to switch boats if BlackBerry launches a tablet shell? Cause I’m sure existing Z10 and Q10 users would instantly buy this product.

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini