RIM’s Playbook Arrives in Australia June 20th

Research in Motion is bringing the PlayBook to Australia beginning June 20th.  The tablet will be carried by Vodafone, Optus and Telstra and will come with a price tag of $579 for the WiFi 16GB model, the same as the Apple iPad 2.

The device comes with dual front and rear facing cameras, a 1 GHz dual-core processor and 1080p HD video recording capabilities.  There are 32GB and 64GB versions available, but it doesn’t have inbuilt 3G.

The tablet’s users will need tether their BlackBerry smartphones in order to access their email and contacts.

The BlackBerry PlayBook did little to generate positive reviews Stateside, but is being marketed as the “first business-class tablet” Down Under, hoping to copy the BlackBerry smartphone’s success in conference rooms as opposed to being a day-to-day entertainment device.

Although the device has quality multi-tasking applications, it has lower battery life compared to its tablet rivals and limited swiping capabilities.

The three carriers will announce prices and availability closer to the launch date.

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Author: JoannaM

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