BlackBerry Playbook to be released in March in the US after all, Q2 in Europe

Yesterday a rumor was making the rounds across the blogosphere, claiming that the BlackBerry Playbook was going to launch in the US on April 10. That certainly looked like a slip from the previously rumored release window of ‘Q1′.

Today, however, there’s official word from RIM that the above is untrue. Speaking to Pocket-lint in a one to one briefing, RIM UK’s Steven Bates said that the tablet will ship in the US during this quarter. And since this quarter ends when this month ends, that means that the US will see the Playbook before the end of March. Now it’s unclear whether the tablet will ship in March in great numbers, or perhaps if availability will be limited at first. Yet it’s still good to see that one of the main competitors of the iPad 2 will be out only a couple of weeks after Apple’s newest tablet.

As for European shores, Bates said that availability will happen during the second quarter of this year, with the UK being one of the first countries in Europe to get RIM’s first tablet. That may mean that the Playbook will be sold in the UK as early as April, but it’s not certain yet.

So for the first time since the Playbook’s announcement back in September we finally have reliable shipping information straight from RIM (at least concerning availability in the US).

Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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