BlackBerry PlayBook March Confirmed Release Date: iPad 2 Rival?

From the start of this year, it became apparent that the next 12 months would be a busy time for tablet and smartphone releases, and one such device waiting for its turn would be the BlackBerry PlayBook. The tablet which has been talked about since September last year, looks like it may be with us sooner than expected.

The 7-inch LCD Playbook running on QNX OS packs a big specification listing including a huge battery of 5,300 mAh, 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, available in 3 storage capacity from 16GB through to 64GB, 2 cameras front and rear, benefit of 3G or 4G, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1 and so on. The market for tablet devices is hotting up with the highly anticipated iPad 2 set to release from March 11, with a lighter, thinner design along with new and existing features. To get a clearer comparison of the PlayBook, iPad 2 plus competitors Xoom and TouchPad, click here.

Just 2 days ago, Debbie here at OSM reported on a rumor that RIM‘s offering would be available from April 10, this is somewhat different to today’s news, which as Jamie over at PR News via IntoMobile reported, is now looking more than likely to be the end of this month.

Although a concrete date for March has not been officially confirmed, the US market will no doubt be the first to enjoy it, followed by retailers in Europe. Steven Bates representing RIM has commented that the tablet will indeed be “hitting stores at the end of this month.”

Tell us what your money’s on? Have you been waiting since last year to get your hands on Research in Motion’s newest addition?