RIM might be taking a page from the Samsung playbook and release a 10-inch PlayBook for the holiday season. Like the Samsung Galaxy Tab series, which will soon sport 7-, 8.9-, and 10-inch models, the 10-inch PlayBook will not be a second generation PlayBook, but rather an additional model to RIM’s tablet lineup.
The move makes sense in terms of RIM’s commitment to the form factor, evident by the fact that RIM has pumped much effort and many resources into its PlayBook tablet. This includes building a new operating system from scratch based on the QNX Neutrino microkernel, and passing out free PlayBooks to the 5,000 BlackBerry World conference attendees in Orlando earlier this week.
The PlayBook hit store shelves in April, and has experienced modest sales success, according to some reports. TabletPCReview gave the PlayBook a generally positive review, praising its complete web browser, Office apps and new operating system, but finding fault with missing launch apps, including native email and messaging clients. RIM claims they will update the PlayBook to include the apps in the coming months.
RIM has announced plans to ship a 7-inch 4G PlayBook on Sprint’s WiMAX network this summer. The current model only supports Wi-Fi, but can tether to a BlackBerry handset for a data connection via the BlackBerry Bridge feature.