RIM to Release PlayBook Tablet in April - Report

Blackberry PlayBook Shipment Date Slips

by Anton Shilov
03/02/2011 | 11:08 PM

Research in Motion will reportedly release its highly-anticipated Blackberry PlayBook tablet later than originally expected. Apparently, the device will only be commercially released on the 10th of April, 2011.


The Blackberry Playbook operating system will go "gold master" on March 31st and the tablet itself will be available starting from the 10th of April, reports BGR web-site citing "multiple sources". Earlier it was widely believed that RIM will commercially launch its Playbook in March, but it looks like the difficulties with finalization of software are going to delay the release.

Due to delay of finalization of the operating system, end-users will "be prompted to upgrade to a newer version of the OS" right after the first launch of the device.

BlackBerry PlayBook is based on a dual-core ARM microprocessor and features 1GB of memory, an unknown amount of flash storage, dual HD cameras (5MP rear facing and 3MB front facing), Wi-Fi - 802.11 a/b/g/n (3G and 4G models to be available in the future), Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, microHDMI as well as microUSB connectors and so on. The product fully supports MP3, full-HD video playback (1080p, H.264, MPEG, DivX, WMV) as well as WebKit/HTML-5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, POSIX, OpenGL, Java. The slate features 7" screen with 1024x600 resolution and weighs less than a pound (400g). The device will cost less than $500, according to the company

RIM did not comment on the news-story.