BlackBerry PlayBook tablet: On target for release

There has been a huge amount of hype surrounding RIM’s upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook tablet device which is among the major new contenders due to come onto the market to challenge the iPad. We included the PlayBook in our ‘5 of the best tablets’ from CES, along with the Motorola Xoom among others.

Whereas the Xoom will be the first tablet released running on the Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system, the PlayBook will be running on a new OS called QNX. Among our recent posts about the PlayBook are claims that it could have a better battery life than the upcoming iPad 2 and also RIM’s assertion that it is a great ‘standalone’ device.

Now we have news that contrary to any previous rumors that the PlayBook could be delayed, it appears that production for this impressive tablet is well underway and on target. Zach Epstein over on BGR tells of a new Digitimes report saying that the manufacturer of the PlayBook, Quanta, has stepped up production to target a release in March. Apparently between 150,000 and 200,00 units per month are now being produced with the first shipments possibly being made in February.

Previous reports stated that RIM already has 1 million of the PlayBook on order for the first quarter so it’s looking pretty promising to be a real contender to the iPad 2. If you want to know more about the BlackBerry Playbook check out the BlackBerry product page for it on the website here. Are you eagerly waiting for the PlayBook and why do you want this over one of the other upcoming tablets? Let us know with your comments please.

  • Karlb

    I can't wait for the playbook. I will use this when I am selling in the field for product brochures. With the playbook bridge, I can have full access to the web, cloud and my desktop PC without having to add another data plan. This is a real winner!!!!! Great Job RIM!

  • Todd

    Just tell me where I can pre-order! :-)

  • Phil

    I am waiting for a blackberry product like this to be released and the feature of linking to your existing internet data plan through your blackberry smart phone makes this product a very good deal. I expect to use this product as a student to do real time research and store important research assignments as well as sync appointments with my blackberry bold 9700