Blackberry Playbook UK Release Date and Prices Announced

Posted on May 17 2011 - 3:57pm by Thomas Sharp

Insight UK, PC World, Dixons, Carphone warehouse, Best Buy and curry’s have all started rolling out pre-orders for the Blackberry Playbook tablet PC. It will cost £399.99 when it launches on June 16th, a release date that many feel is long overdue.

RIM are touting the Blackberry Playbook as the “world’s first professional-grade tablet”. Which they feel sets it aside from other tablets on the market; this is a marketing trick that worked very well with their smartphone range, which pre-iPhone held the lion’s share of the business market. RIM has aimed the Blackberry Playbook at the same target consumer with support for Adobe Flash, increased security features and what they call a ‘robust development environment’. All of which appeal to the business user.

The Playbook will come in three models with the entry level 16GB costing £399, 32GB £479 and 64GB costing £559 all of which match Apple’s iPad 2 range. It will come with a 7 inch capacitive LCD touch screen and is powered by a 1 GHZ dual-core processor. Unlike the iPad 2 the dual cameras on the Playbook are both capable of shooting full HD, ideal if you plan to use it for video conferencing.

Are you planning to pre-order a Blackberry Playbook, either way let us know what you think of the new device.

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