Not only does RIM think that the Blackberry Playbook will contribute to its bottom line in 2011, they think it will contribute “right out of the gate”. Normally, that seems like just normal CEO banter, but RIM later said that the Playbook will sell for less than $500, which could possibly position it to be one of the most serious competitors to the iPad yet. RIM continues to harp on the fact that its 7 inch display while not quite as large as the iPad’s 10 inch display will be more than sufficient for the power user and the Playbook will support Flash which the iPad does not.
Now we already know what Apple CEO Steve Jobs thinks about seven inch tablets don’t we. Last month he said that the entire batch of tablets with seven inch screens including the Playbook would be “dead on arrival” when they hit the market. Is that just banter or is there some truth to that, I think its too early to tell.
Apple currently controls 95% percent of the tablet market, but that’s because none of the other major tablets have hit the market yet, let’s see what that number looks like this time next year.