Blackberry Playbook Goes on Sale in the UK

Posted on Jun 16 2011 - 1:34pm by Richard Sharp

The professional grade tablet, the Blackberry Playbook has officially gone on sale across the UK after an initial 24 hour exclusive deal ended at the Carphone Warehouse. The mobile phone retailer announced the deal last week and began selling the tablet in five of their stores yesterday.

Today the Playbook went on sale in a range of stores including Best Buy, Currys/Pc World,  Phones4u and the Carphone Warehouse. The range includes an entry level 16GB model which costs £399, and a 32GB and 64GB which match the iPad 2 at £479 and £559 in price.

Blackberry has decided to go down the midi-tablet route, with a 7 inch touchscreen complete with capacitive specs, the screen packs in 1024×600 pixels making it crystal clear for business users. RIM have installed a 1GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM which should provide a fairly nippy experience.

Other pretty standard features include dual-cameras, capable of shooting HD movie and a built-in GPS accelerometer and more impressively motion sensors.

We also received an email from Insight this morning, Paul Bolt, MD of the Site explained peoples feelings towards the Playbook. He said “We have seen a strong demand for the BlackBerry PlayBook ahead of the launch, and pre-orders are already on target to sell out. Customers are getting excited about the potential that tablets offer and the integration with BlackBerry smart phones is a real plus point for business users.”

Here is a short demo from the guys at the Carphone Warehouse who enjoyed an exclusive release date yesterday:

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Are you planning on picking up a Blackberry Playbook, if so which one will you go for?

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Richard Sharp is the founder of gadgetsandgizmos.org. He loves technology, gadgets (comes with the territory) and social media. You'll find him writing features, attending events and playing with cool tech. Life's good.

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  1. Craig June 17, 2011 at 9:42 am - Reply

    It actually looks not half bad in the video. Still too small tho. They should have named it the 'Blackbook'!!! haha. Makes sense right?

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