RIM to Ship 1 Million PlayBooks in March, Moto to 800K Xoom

Posted by at 12:07 pm on January 14, 2011

RIM could have as many as one million BlackBerry PlayBooks shipping for the March launch if industry claims are accurate. The company’s plans 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 for its launch.

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 expected 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.

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