Surprising news, this. Despite the fact that RIM is having to continually drop the price of the BlackBerry PlayBook, to the point that you’ll probably get one posted through your door soon, word is that there are two new models on the way this year.

First up will be a 7-inch tablet that should act as a straight sequel to the PlayBook. There’s no proposed specs, but it’s scheduled to launch in April, according to sources close to RIM. This should coincide with the launch of BB10, the next-generation BlackBerry operating system.

Tempted by the latest PlayBook price cut?

A larger 10-inch tab is expected towards the end of the year. The PlayBook’s been a disaster for RIM, but it’s a time where no tech manufacturer can really be seen to not have a tablet on offer, so RIM’s having to swallow its pride and go for rounds two and three.

Hopefully the new BB10 software will turn things around. The real problem for the tablet has been a lack of developer support, which has lead to an embarrassingly low amount of apps. Introducing a new OS may help gain interest amongst the devs, but it’ll probably be the final nail in the coffin for the current PlayBook.

  • http://dkb.tumblr.com dblanar

    So, new RIM tablets just in time for Christmas 2012?!  After Apple’s iPad 3 will have at least six months head start, not to mention the other competing tablets that RIM will have to deal with. Disaster.

  • http://twitter.com/Patrick_J73 Patrick

    I own the HTC Flyer and I did hve a blackberry playbook and my son still has one. its a Great tablet I do like it more than the flyer, I find the camera on the front clear nlike the flyer and every other android tablets and phones i have used/owned.

    The playbook has the right size and weight and has a nice cover so its not cold and does not slip out of your hand like the htc des. I only sold it to buy my youngest son a 4th gen ipod touch, caus eit has more games.

  • http://twitter.com/Patrick_J73 Patrick

    I own the HTC Flyer and I did hve a blackberry playbook and my son still has one. its a Great tablet I do like it more than the flyer, I find the camera on the front clear nlike the flyer and every other android tablets and phones i have used/owned.

    The playbook has the right size and weight and has a nice cover so its not cold and does not slip out of your hand like the htc des. I only sold it to buy my youngest son a 4th gen ipod touch, caus eit has more games.

  • nicholas ryan

    If I buy the PB1, can I download the new OS for free?

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