BlackBerry CEO thinks in five years BlackBerry will be leading mobile, no one will have tablets


BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins doesn’t appear to be a very big fan of Apple’s iPad. Or even the company’s own PlayBook for that matter. In an interview with Bloomberg, the CEO made a couple of interesting comments about the state of industry and where he sees BlackBerry in a couple of years.

First off, the most eye-catching statement of the interview:

“In five years I don’t think there’ll be a reason to have a tablet anymore. Maybe a big screen in your workspace, but not a tablet as such. Tablets themselves are not a good business model.”

Quite interesting considering that the sales numbers don’t appear to be backing him up on this one. While PC sales have been on a constant decline over the years, tablets seem to be getting more and more popular. It’s either Heins is absolutely out of touch with what is currently happening in the market, or he’s somehow predicting a future wherein tablets won’t be necessary because our phones will be just as big.

The second statement, which can be argued as equally headline-grabbing:

“In five years, I see BlackBerry to be the absolute leader in mobile computing — that’s what we’re aiming for. I want to gain as much market share as I can, but not by being a copycat.”

Those are some bold predictions. If BlackBerry aims to be the leader in mobile in just five years, they have some serious ground to cover. Microsoft, with all their resources available to them, are still struggling to make a dent in the mobile race that has become an Apple versus Samsung battle. If BlackBerry can somehow pull that off, that’ll be great — but they better have something really special planned to make it happen.

What do you think of the BlackBerry CEO’s comments? Agree or disagree? Let us know in the comments below!

[via Engadget, image via BestBoyZ]

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  • Mister Parsnips

    Yeeeeeeah Thorsten, I remember when I had my first beer too.

  • mukhi

    another stinking moron. BB should rather think whether they will be in business in another 5 yrs. after US govt ditched BB for iphone, now it is android’s fortune since the time US defense has approved galaxy’s knox platform. good luck BB.
    as far as the tab is concerned, it will sell for average consumers (like my wife, LOL). i would rather go for a phablet.

  • Briley Kenney

    I think this prediction has a very real chance of coming true, and there’s one reason: phablets. Phones are getting so big now that there’s literally no need to own a tablet anymore. Will they go away completely? I have no clue. I do think sales will diminish over time, though.

  • Prema

    well personally speaking i would want google glass rather than a tablet… but that’s just me (of course in 5 years google glass should be developed enough to be something worthwhile, rather than a little toy)