The BlackBerry PlayBook isn’t exactly late to the party and its sales numbers from launch day are actually better than expected. But the bad news is that those sales numbers aren’t exactly huge either.
Mike Abramsky is the General Manager over at RBC Capital Markets and he estimates that RIM managed to sell about 50,000 PlayBook tablets on launch day, including pre-order sales. That’s more than what some analysts had predicted and, if the number holds true, it means the PlayBook did better on launch day than the Motorola Xoom and the Samsung Galaxy Tab.
However, we can also put these numbers in some stunning perspective. You know about a little company called Apple? Yeah, they pushed out half a million iPad 2 tablets on the first day. That’s ten times what RIM was able to achieve. We can take that comparison for what it’s worth, but there you have it.
In my brief time with the PlayBook at CES earlier this year, I must say that I was impressed with the true multitasking and the slickness of the QNX framework. It’s far from perfect, but the PlayBook should be able to hold its own in the increasingly popular tablet world. Stay tuned for a full review once we’ve put it through the ringer.