RIM to produce just 150,000-200,000 BlackBerry PlayBooks a month

RIM to produce just 150,000-200,000 BlackBerry PlayBooks a month
Part makers working on the BlackBerry PlayBook told DigiTimes that RIM apparently is settling into production of the tablet at a rate of 150,000-200,000 units built per month. While production has allegedly started on the tablet, the original goal was to have 1 million units ready by March for a wide release. Now, this seems out of the question.

RIM is also tightening up security. To prevent a repeat of what happened to Apple's iPad when it was cloned in China, the Canadian manufacturer is considering having all PlayBook production made by Quanta in Taiwan instead of outsourcing some production from China. This would keep blueprints and specs out of the hands of those who might arrange to have clones manufactured. But producing the tablets in this fashion will end up with RIM launching the product in the U.S. during March, followed by an international release in the spring. There still is some room for Quanta to increase production in Taiwan if RIM wants to expand the production of the BlackBerry PlayBook due to strong pre-launch demand, but getting inventory to the earlier hoped for 1 million by March appears impossible.

source: Digi-Times via electronista

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1. TKFox007

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

Is anyone even going to buy it?

2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

maybe they got realistic with demand. 200k playbooks a month is still 2.4 million in a year, which is quite a bit concidering that the apple and android tablets have by far the highest demand.

3. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

They are probably just testing the waters for the demand of this because they dont want to end up getting stuck with a bunch of unsold tablets.

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