RIM States Obvious, Says Tablets and Smartphones Will Coexist

Paul Lilly

There's been a lot of discussion over tablet PCs potentially cannibalizing the netbook market, but what about smartphones? Not to worry, says Research In Motion's VP, Norm Lo, who points out that these are two very different markets.

It seems a silly question to begin with, until you consider that some people rarely make calls on their smartphone, instead using the device mainly for apps. Nevertheless, Lo says tablets will simply complement smartphones, not replace them, though he see slates having an impact on both notebook and netbook sales.

RIM's PlayBook tablet, which is primarily geared towards business users, is slated for release in the second quarter of 2011.

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