With RIM set to release its quarterly earnings tomorrow, a new report suggests that the company may have shipped just one BlackBerry PlayBook for every 19 iPads last quarter.
RIM shipped approximately 490,000 PlayBooks during the first full quarter of sales, compared with the 9.25 million iPads shipped last quarter, according to a survey of analysts in a recent Bloomberg report. In addition, the analysts cut estimates for full-year PlayBook shipments to an average of 2.2 million.
Last week experts from various companies lowered their fiscal 2012 forecast for the device, with Michael Walkley, an analyst at Canaccord Genuity Ltd. Walkley, cutting his estimate from 2.2 million units to 1.5 million. By comparison, Apple will ship 39.2 million and Samsung 7 million, according to Walkley.
It has been a rough year for RIM as its BlackBerry smartphone sales have decreased and the PlayBook didn’t reach its potential as expected. The BlackBerry tablet was on track to launch from Sprint under the carrier’s WiMAX network, however, Sprint cancelled the order. Also, rumors suggest that RIM may have cancelled a planned 10-inch version of the tablet.