After announcing how tablet sales for Rogers have been stronger than expected. At an event showcasing tablets the other night, Rogers VP John Boynton announced that they’ll be offering RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook tablet early next year. So far we’ve heard some pricing rumors along with an estimated launch date quarter for the PlayBook but not much in terms of which carriers will offer it, but we’re guessing it’ll be around February for between $399 and $599, depending on how much storage you want.
At Roger’s TabLife conference, Boynton also mentioned that the Samsung Galaxy Tab is selling out as soon as they hit the stores. The executive also noted that the Wi-Fi version of the BlackBerry PlayBook will be launched early in 2011 with the 3G model rolling out as soon as it is available.
For those unacquainted with the BlackBerry PlayBook, it’s a monster of a tablet. Clocking in with a 7-inch display and 1024 x 600 pixels, the PlayBook hosts a dual-core 1 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, a 5 megapixel camera on the back and a secondary 3 megapixel camera on the front for video conferencing. The most exciting part about the PlayBook though, is its software. RIM snatched up Ottawa-based QNX, who made a secure, stable, multimedia-friendly operating system that works like a charm on the PlayBook.
Now that at least one carrier has confirmed that they’re selling the PlayBook, we can expect most of the major U.S. carriers in the U.S. will probably pick it up too. At least we won’t have to worry about waiting for a CDMA version to get cooked up.