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Although it’s launching first in Canada, the rumored 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook tablet has arrived. RIM announced the 7-inch (1024x600 resolution) slate, which is packing a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. Other specs include 4G connectivity, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, micro USB port, micro HDMI port, GPS unit, 3MP/5MP front/rear cameras, and stereo speakers. The WiFi-only version has a processor with a lower clock (1GHz) and is available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB versions. Users will be treated to onboard software including Documents To Go and will have... Read more...
RIM has been trudging uphill for a few years, now, but it's not ready to quit yet. The smartphone and tablet maker is still putting out products, if slowly. More than a year after announcing plans to launch a 4G LTE tablet, RIM looks to be just about ready to release it. Whether the extra bandwidth will put a new shine on the struggling tablet is up in the air, but it looks like we might find out soon: a possible document from Bell in Canada suggests next week is the launch date for the 4G LTE version. It looks as though 4G LTE connectivity will be the defining difference between the new model... Read more...
It's been quite awhile since anyone had much good to say to say about RIM's chances of surviving the next 12 months as an independent company, but a new interview with CEO Thorsten Heins has me hopeful. Unlike Heins' widely-publicized op/ed in the Globe and Mail a week ago, in which he sounded like a beleagured ship captain reasurring everyone that no, we haven't struck an iceberg, here he comes off as well-grounded. More importantly, he offers the best, most-concise explanation for RIM's current situation that anyone in the company has had to date. Where RIM Went Wrong The problem is actually... Read more...
We've known for some time now that BlackBerry's PlayBook OS update, known as OS 2.0, is coming sometime this month. With the end of February nearing in a week and a half, there isn't a ton of time. New reports suggest RIM may not wait until the last minute to release this new OS. In fact, it could come as early as tomorrow. New evidence suggests the software update is set to be released on February 21. The update is set to be released at 4:01am in an unknown time zone for all new and existing PlayBooks. This update is expected to bring some key missing features to the tablet, including a native... Read more...
RIM recognizes that apps are one of the ingredients to success if you're going to compete in the tablet market today. In an effort to try to woo Android developers, RIM is offering a free PlayBook tablet to developers who will repackage their app for the BlackBerry AppWorld. The free tablet promotion was announced by RIM's VP of developer relations, Alec Saunders. According to a tweet from Saunders, Android Developers must submit their Android app to the BlackBerry AppWorld by February 13 in order to have a chance at the free PlayBook tablets. Saunders provided more information by linking to the... Read more...
According to a leaked product lineup, it would appear that RIM is slimming down its product line up in order to focus resources on its next-generation BlackBerry devices that are expected in the second half of this year. Even so, we could still see two BlackBerry Curve smartphones as well as a slightly tweaked new PlayBook tablet in the next few months. The new Curve smartphones will likely be the BlackBerry Curve 9230 and the BlackBerry Curve 9320. The Curve 9230 will likely be an EDGE smartphone while the Curve 9320 is expected to be a HSPA device. The new PlayBook tablet is said to feature a... Read more...
RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook hasn't exactly sold as well as the company would have liked. Now, it appears the company may be taking notes from HP: RIM has discounted the PlayBook by as much as $400. Until February 4, RIM is offering the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB PlayBooks for $299. Given the fact that all three models are available for the same price, we have to wonder why anyone would choose the smaller models assuming the 64GB PlayBook remains in stock. In other news, the Financial Post claims RIM is leaning towards replacing co-chairmen of the board Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie. During a corporate... Read more...
Well, this is strange. In a year that saw HP sell whatever TouchPad tablets were left for just $99, RIM is also seemingly trying to think of creative ways to get rid of their leftover BlackBerry PlayBook slates. In a world ruled by the iPad, the PlayBook never really stood a chance. It was engineered to only truly work well with BlackBerry users, which is a pretty small population globally. It also shipped without a true e-mail client; a huge no-no when launching a tablet against the iPad. Now, enterprise buyers who grab a copy of BlackBerry Enterprise Server v.5 will get a 16GB PlayBook for nothing.... Read more...
Research In Motion is writing the book on how not to compete with Apple's iPad. It's a three-step process that any tablet maker can follow, and it goes like this. Step 1: Launch an inferior tablet with missing features, but make sure they're big ones, like native email, contacts, and calendar support. Step 2: Promise an update is on the way and get everyone's hopes up. Step 3: Delay the update so that it won't arrive until more than a year after the tablet's release. Well, RIM just completed the third step today. "As much as we’d love to have it in your hands today, we’ve made the difficult... Read more...
RIM's BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps, the player that will enable the underperforming PlayBook to run Android applications, is still missing in action. However, details are starting to emerge about the limitations of the player, and they are probably going to disappoint many. The details came from a RIM presentation at Droidcon, which is part of the Eastern European Mobile Monday Developer Summit being held in Romania. We already knew that RIM was going to curate applications which can run on the Runtime player, meaning only those who "applied" for inclusion would be able to be installed on... Read more...
Rumors circulate through the Internet faster than germs on an airplane, and a big one for today was that RIM may have stopped manufacturing the BlackBerry PlayBook. Reuters reported that an analyst with Collins Stewart made waves when he proclaimed that RIM halted production, citing factory layoffs at PlayBook manufacturer Quanta Computer and further unspecified “due diligence”. RIM responded sharply to the rumors, indicating in no uncertain terms that the very idea was ludicrous and false. However, given some other events of today and this week, it’s possible that the rumor has... Read more...
Straight and to the point, if you're paying full price for Research In Motion's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, you're paying too much. Don't worry, we're not about to wax critical about the tablet's lack of native email, calendar, and contacts support, all of which reportedly will be addressed in an update next month. The reason you shouldn't pay top dollar for a PlayBook is because it's on sale all over the place. If you head over to Staples, you'll find the 16GB Wi-Fi model selling for $299 instead of $499. That includes $100 in instant savings, and another Benjamin in the form of a mail-in-rebate... Read more...
RIM has been struggling to catch a break for months but the negative reports show no sign of slowing. According to UK rag The Guardian, the company has slashed production of its seven-inch tablet due to an enormous backlog of unshipped hardware. This follows the company's admission last week that it shipped just 200,000 PlayBooks in Q2, down from 500K in Q1. If true, it would mean that RIM has more PlayBook's in inventory than it's managed to sell to date. Quantas, the company that actually manufacturers the PlayBook, has cut its staff from 2,000 to less than 1,000. Unidentified sources with the... Read more...
Research In Motion is learning a hard lesson in tablet sales. If you want to compete with Apple's iPad, you can't launch a half-baked slate and hope buyers will scoop up your product based on promise and potential. Yet that's exactly what RIM did when it launched its BlackBerry PlayBook, a nifty 7-inch tablet with a slick operating system, intuitive controls, awesome multitasking, and other high points, but missing critical features like native email and contacts support -- do'h! As a result, RIM only sold 200,000 PlayBook during the last quarter, a rather dismal number that in and of itself doesn't... Read more...
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