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BlackBerry tablet may hit market April 10
Published on 3 Mar. 2011 11:39 PM IST
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With Apple unveiling its leaner, sleeker and faster iPad2 Wednesday, there is now speculation that Canada’s BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) will launch its PlayBook tablet April 10. Quoting its sources, Boy Scout Report in an exclusive on its web site said Wednesday that the BlackBerry tablet will hit retail stores April 10.
At 7-inch size and featuring front and back cameras, the 1-GHz dual-core PlayBook will run on BlackBerry maker’s new powerful QNX operating system which RIM specifically bought for the tablet. RIM has already announced to offer the PlayBook in four models - Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi+WiMax, high-speed LTE and HSPA+.
Since the BlackBerry smart phone’s over 55 million users worldwide swear by its encryption technology for securing privacy, analysts say the Canadian wireless giant could hit a gold mine if it is able to seize the corporate segment of the tablet market.
To target these business and corporate subscribers, RIM has integrated the PlayBook with its smart phone through BlackBerry Bridge.
What augurs well for RIM is a survey last week which said that about 50 percent of corporate are ready to adopt the tablet whose market is set to balloon to more than 100 million by next year.
Unlike Apple, BlackBerry’s already vast network of carriers worldwide would also give a very big advantage to the PlayBook to make its mark in the Apple-dominated tablet market.

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