RIM Blackberry Playbook new consensus of several major analysts had RIM shipping an average of 490,000 of the tablets in the last quarter, Bloomberg tipped that RIM’s shipments of the tablet device are lower than the prior quarter and that they will only ship an estimated 2.2 million PlayBooks the entire year. At the current rate, RIM would be shipping one PlayBook for every 19 iPadsApple sells, with Apple having shipped 9.25 million iPads in the last quarter Electronista reported.Bloomberg cites a survey of analysts for the figure, who predict RIM will sell around 2.2 million PlayBooks for the full year. Michael Walkley, an analyst with Canaccord Genuity, estimates RIM will ship 1.5 million tablets in 2011, according to the report.
RIM introduced PlayBook, priced at $500, in the U.S. and Canada in April. The device, which targets the corporate market, sports a 7-inch screen compared to the iPad’s 10-inch screen. Apple’s former CEO Steve Jobs has called such 7-inch tablets “tweeners,” because they’re too large to be a smartphone and too small to be a tablet.