In this latest edition of "As the Tablet World Turns," Apple
's iPad 2
announcement is immediately followed up by word of an imminent launch for Research In Motion's BlackBerry PlayBook
tablet. Boy Genius Report claims to have heard from "multiple sources" that RIM
's first tablet will launch on April 10, 2011 in retail locations, while the OS will go Gold Master (GM) on March 31st. Interestingly enough, the first time you boot up the device, you'll be prompted to upgrade the OS, BGR says.
This is all unofficial, of course, as RIM hasn't exactly been forthcoming about its PlayBook launch plans. However, the mobile device maker did say
in December that "the first revenue impact from PlayBook [will] be in RIM's first quarter," which suggests it will launch before the end of May.
RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook is one of a handful of anticipated tablets due for release in the first quarter. Motorola already released its Xoom slate built around Google's Honeycomb platform, the iPad 2 is coming next week, and HP's TouchPad is also on the horizon.
The PlayBook will ship with a 7-inch screen (1024x600), 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP4430 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB/32GB/64GB internal storage, both front- and rear-facing cameras, 1080p video recording, 3G and 4G cellular radio, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a 5,300 mAh battery.