But one month on and Heins now appears less convinced on the matter, as he offered up two contrasting views at the BlackBerry Live conference yesterday.
During a Q&A session with the media, Heins first appeared to promote the smartphone, and not the tablet, as the future of mobile computing. “We believe in a single element of mobile computing: one on your hip.”
But little more than 15 minutes later and the BlackBerry boss was singing an altogether different tune and hinted to CNET that a new PlayBook tablet could be on the radar.
"The industry got stuck on the term tablets," Heins told the source, before adding that he does see a future for larger-screen devices. "We want to create something that's easier to use."
"We're interested in the future of tablets, whatever that is.”