Upcoming tablets like the BlackBerry Playbook and the Samsung Galaxy Tab might be getting a lot of attention on tech websites, but a new survey shows the general public knows very little about them.
ChangeWave recently polled more than 3,000 consumers considering tablet devices, and a whopping 80 percent said they were interested in the iPad, which was released a few months ago. In this case, second place was definitely the first loser, as BlackBerrys PlayBook generated interest from just 8 percent of respondents. Samsungs Galaxy Tab, despite going on sale next week, registered just 3 percent. HPs upcoming tablet got 2 percent.
Youd think those numbers would have Research In Motion crying in their milk. But theres expected to be such a huge demand for slates in 2011 that RBC analyst Mike Abramsky believes RIM could still sell 6 million PlayBooks next year nothing to shake a stick at. Of course, if youre Apple, your eyes are glazing over with dollar signs.
No word yet from RIM or any carriers as to when well see the PlayBook. Perhaps more buzz will build by then. Abramsky thinks it could garner 13 percent market share.