Hot on the heels of Apple’s iPad 2 launch a couple of days ago, BlackBerry’s new Playbook tablet is likely to be launched in April this year. The company’s recent dwindling shares has not yet created stirs thereby allowing the company to go with the decision of launching a tablet this year.
According to an exclusive news post, the good people over at BGR.com claim that they have been “told by multiple sources that RIM’s first tablet will be launching on April 10th”, which puts the release date of BlackBerry’s own claim to tablet fame just a month after that of the iPad 2 in the States.
PlayBook rumors have been sparse. We were able to test out the unit at CES, but RIM has been mum since. We’ve heard that 4G capabilities will be added to the unit and RIM may even add the ability to run Android apps on the unit, but we know little else at the moment. With many manufacturers like Samsung and Motorola turning to 10-inch tablets, RIM is bucking trends by releasing its 7-inch PlayBook.
To increase its market shares, Blackberry has introduced a unique way of marketing Playbook Tablet. In its official Blog, Blackberry has allowed a signing tool for Tablet OS. That means by using this one can have a signed application that can be uploaded to blackberry App world for distribution to customers and other users.
RIM has confirmed that the PlayBook will be arriving by the end of Q1 for the US, earlier than the rumored April 10 date. Since this month is the last month of Q1, we’ve got about 4 weeks until we see the tablet for sale in stores. A smart move by RIM, since the iPad 2 will be released next week, pushing the PlayBook release date earlier than rumored will only encourage people to wait a bit longer for their tablet.
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