In a detailed quarterly earnings report, RIM claims to have shipped 500,000 BlackBerry PlayBooks since launching the tablet, the BlackBerry handset maker’s first, in the US on April 19. The number matches figures by RBC analysts who last month predicted RIM would hit the half a million figure by the end of the quarter. RIM specified the number of units shipped, which includes PlayBooks in the retail channels and sitting on store shelves, in addition to units sold. The actual number of PlayBooks in consumer hands could be significantly lower.
While 500,000 PlayBooks is nowhere near the number of original iPads sold in its first two months of release (Apple claimed it sold 2 million original iPads from its launch in April 2010 to the following June), Motorola shipped only more than half the number of Xooms in its first six weeks on the market.
4G PlayBook Delayed
In a conference call following the earning report, RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis claimed RIM will ship 4G PlayBooks on the WiMAX (Sprint), LTE (Verizon), and HSPA+ (AT&T) networks this fall. Prior to the comment, RIM claimed the 4G PlayBooks would ship this summer.
Lazaridis also commented that the PlayBook will receive an update for a native email application and Android app player later this summer as originally promised.