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RIM to ship 1m PlayBooks in March as Moto ships 4G Xoom

updated 09:50 pm EST, Thu January 13, 2011

RIM may ship 1m BlackBerry PlayBooks for launch

RIM could have as many as one million BlackBerry PlayBooks shipping for the March launch if industry contacts' claims are accurate. The company's hopes for a big launch would have it reach the symbolic number in just the first quarter of shipments, Digitimes said. Motorola in contrast would be shipping no more than 800,000 Xoom tablets and could be eclipsed from the start.

As expected, the initial PlayBook would only have Wi-Fi, but a 3G version could be next and would add the missing direct e-mail support. Sprint's WiMAX-ready 4G PlayBook could arrive early with shipments as soon as the spring. RIM had only officially promised the WiMAX edition for the summer.

Motorola is still due to respond with both its 3G and Wi-Fi only versions before the end of the winter, likely starting with the Verizon model. The US carrier's subscribers wouldn't have to wait long for the 4G model, however. An LTE-aware version could be ready as soon as spring and would likely be accompanied by the promised module to upgrade to 4G from an existing 3G edition.

None of the involved companies are expected to confirm their production numbers, which if real wouldn't challenge incumbent Apple even when combined. Data for the iPad's results in fall hasn't become official, but Apple is believed to now be shipping more iPads in one month than Motorola or RIM would for a full three-month quarter. The known second-generation iPad could also kickstart Apple's sales by reaching a wider audience and by attracting those who had been holding out on the first generation.

By Electronista Staff


  1. ionlyuseosx

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jan 2002


    Could have would have

    The iPad 2 and iPhone 5 are around the corner (Spring) and will be available on every carrier.

  1. dliup

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jan 2006



    How do you ship a vaporware product? With vaporware numbers!

    Oh the new iPad 2 will beat it down, no contest.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001


    Re: vaporware

    So, you call an announced product vaporware, but then say an unannounced product, the iPad2, will beat it down. How is the iPad 2 not vaporware? For the mere fact that it isn't even known to exist in any official or unofficial ways.

  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Nov 2008


    Apple rumors have more validity... hehe.

    My vaporware product is better than your vaporware product. We used to do that as kids in the playground. My invisible blaster is much more powerful than yours. Your blaster might fire around buildings, but by mine goes completely through them. I love it.

    It may have been silly but you can argue for hours about that sort of stuff. Who would win if Superman fought Green Lantern and why?

    In several months we'll see who the victor is and I'm betting all my play cash on Apple being overwhelmingly victorious all throughout 2011 when the rest of the tablet bunch quickly run out of parts.

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