BlackBerry Playbook pre-orders start in the UK, priced from £399, shipping June 16
Today, the BlackBerry Playbook has been officially unveiled in the UK. The 7-inch tablet, which represents RIM’s first foray into the tablet space, will become available on June 16 at Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy.
Both retailers will sell an assortment of Playbook models. The cheapest will be a Wi-Fi-only variant with 16 GB of internal space. This will cost £399, which is exactly how much the cheapest Apple iPad is going for in the UK (and this is clearly not a coincidence). The other Playbook models also match the iPad’s pricing pretty closely. There will be a 32 GB version selling for £479, and a 64 GB model for £559.
These are all Wi-Fi-only Playbooks, and it’s still unclear when 3G-enabled versions of the tablet will make it to the UK. Today’s release says absolutely nothing about them.
All of the aforementioned Wi-Fi-only models can be pre-ordered right now at Carphone Warehouse, if you want to make sure you’ll be among the first people in the UK to receive a brand new Playbook.
Given how popular the BlackBerry brand is in the UK, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Playbook ends up selling very well over there, even if it’s smaller than the iPad – or perhaps because it is. We’ll see.