Production of BlackBerry Playbook ahead of launch
DigiTimes reports that production of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is now in full swing. The China-based manufacturer, Quanta, charged with building the BlackBerry tablets, is said to have ramped up production ahead of the device’s anticipated release in March. Making PlayBooks at 150,000 to 200,000 units per month has reportedly been reached, and shipments could be ready as soon as next month. Also reported from DigiTimes is a claim that RIM has 1 million BlackBerry PlayBook tablets on order in the first quarter of 2011.
RIM plans to launch a Wi-Fi-only version of its PlayBook tablet in March, while 3G and 4G versions are expected later in the first half of this year. It was also recently rumored that QNX based devices such as the PlayBook and future smartphones may be compatible with Android bases applications.