Research in Motion recently unveiled the BlackBerry Playbook, a new tablet computer. Set to release in early 2011, RIM is hopeful it can counter Apple’s success with the iPad.

With new devices coming out on multiple operating systems, it’s as much defensive for RIM to have a tablet as it is offensive, said Scott Sutherland, a Wedbush Securities analyst.

Playbook will be able to use Flash, and thus be able to deliver a different sort of web experience than the iPad. Much of the market has been defined in terms of how you fit the Web to mobility, said RIM co-chief executive Jim Balsillie.

Source: Toronto Star