The official release date for the Blackberry Playbook is 16th June 2011, however keen buyers can snap one up a day earlier in the UK from the Carphone Warehouse. The mobile phone retailer has announced that they have an exclusive deal that has allowed them to set the release date as June 15th 2011.
But you can’t pick it up from any Carphone Warehouse store, only five will have that privilege including the Westfield centre in London, London’s Oxford Street store, The Trafford Centre in Manchester and our closest store – Bristol, Cribbs Causeway.
Blackberry has chosen to go the same route as Apple, offering the Playbook in 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB models. Unlike Apple the Playbook offers 3G and Wi-Fi as standard and has branded itself as the world’s first professional grade tablet. It includes a 1GHz dual-core processor, comes with dual cameras and prices start at £399.
Blackberry enjoys a huge user base with their mobile phone division and will be hoping that users make the leap to using their tablets too. The Carphone Warehouse will be mighty chuffed to be selling it for a full 24 hours before other retailers, we’ll have to check out the queues on Wednesday.
Are you looking forward to the Blackberry Playbook, and will you be making a beeline to the Carphone Warehouse next week?
I was looking forward to this but after a year of waiting my interest has totally waned. Am now looking forward to the next release of the iphone instead.