RIM has really be drawing out the release of the BlackBerry PlayBook. When they first announced it back in September they said it “is expected to be available in retail outlets and other channels in the United States in early 2011 with rollouts in other international markets beginning in (calendar) Q2.” We have also had RIM CEO’s go on record a few times over the past few months saying it would be coming out in Q1 of 2011 though I had a friend mention they seem to be trying to stretch it into April. Leaks from last month point to the 3G versions coming in March/April though RIM’s official confirmation of those versions does not mention a time frame.
So now that we are in the last day of February I am wondering if I will have my own PlayBook in my hands by the end of March. I am really hoping that RIM blows our mind and releases it next week but with the retail strategy RIM seems to be planning to employ I feel we would have heard more leaks about it.
I am crossing my fingers and hoping that we see at least the Wi-Fi version launch in Q1! I really just wish RIM would put us out of our misery and simply announce when the device will be available. It could be they just want to be able to beat any iPad 2 to market.
If you want to make it a little fun lets place some guesses in the comments on when the Wi-Fi version will launch. I am going to select March 23rd just for good luck.