PlayBook Launch Delayed Due to iPad 2

According to Digitimes, one of the popular trade tech magazines, revealed as to why Playbook, the product by BlackBerry maker, Research In Motion (RIM) got late in hitting the stores. Since RIM’s assembly partners were also committed to supplying touchscreen panels to Apple for its iPad 2, they didn’t have enough supplies to meet its demand.

Playbook will now be launched on April 19th in the US and Canada at a starting price of USD 499. The magazine further added, “PlayBook shipments were postponed for about a month from the original schedule due to a delay in software testing as well as shortage of touch panels because Apple already booked up most of the available capacity.” These suppliers “internally sees the device (PlayBook) as one of the major tablet PC orders for 2011,” the magazine says. “Foxlink has also recently started mass shipping its connectors to RIM for the PlayBook. Foxlink is also a connector supplier for iPad 2.”

With the release of Playbook, RIM is hoping to give some real competition to Apple’s iPad 2. It has tied up with ‘Best Buy’ for online selling, especially for pre-orders in North America. The BlackBerry maker will first launch the Wi-Fi version of the PlayBook in three models, featuring 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of storage at $499, $599 and $699 respectively. The product would be available in four models – Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi+WiMax, high-speed LTE and HSPA+.