BlackBerry CEO Scoffs at Lasting Tablet Popularity

Tablet computers may be among the hottest devices in consumer technology today. But at least one prominent industry executive doesn’t believe that this popularity will be permanent.

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins expressed doubt in a new interview that these must-have devices will still be in-demand by the end of the decade.

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

Following BlackBerry’s own failure in the tablet space, the company shifted it focus toward revamping and reinvigorating the BlackBerry smartphone brand.

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

Do you think Heins has a point with regard to tablets and their popularity?