Today, Research In Motion (RIM) has announced the list of operators and retailers in North America for the company’s first tablet PC named PlayBook. RIM earlier announced that the device would go on sale sometimes in Q1.
However, according to Best Buy, one of the online retail shops where PlayBook is now available for pre-order, the device would be shipped to the customers in between 19 April and 26 April. That means, the tablet would be available for sales in Q2.
You may think that RIM has encountered with some problems which is contributing to the delayed release of PlayBook tablet. Well, the reality is that the company is not facing any problem from anywhere and there is no specific reason cited by RIM for this delay in PlayBook release.
Most probably, the company is trying to find a release date where iPad 2 will have less impact on PlayBook, but at the same time RIM would like to launch the device before the arrival of a number of other tablet PCs from the companies like Acer, Samsung, Toshiba, LG etc.
RIM PlayBook comes with a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen with 1024 x 600 resolution, dual-core 1GHz processor, 2.4/5GHz 802.11n Wi-Fi, HDMI out, flash storage up to 64GB, GPS, a front-facing 3 megapixel camera and a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera. The device is expected to hit the market with a price tag of $500 excluding sales tax.