BlackBerry PlayBook is now on UK sale, a Selfridges first

If you’re looking for the BlackBerry PlayBook, RIM’s first attempt to take a piece of the tablet market pie, then hop along to posh old Selfridges down in London’s Oxford Street.

The tablet is now available at the department store ahead of a nationwide launch tomorrow, at £399 for a 16GB model, £479 for a 32GB version and £559 for a stonking 64GB of storage. It’ll be available at most popular retailers.

Previously RIM announced that the PlayBook will be available in the UK and 15 other international markets around the world, with the tablet already available for some time in the US.  It is handily specced, with a 1GHz dual-core processor and 1080p HD video recording capabilities, together with an all-new QNX operating system.

But it has fallen victim to some fairly middling reviews, with big competition in the Android Samsung Galaxy Tab and the iPad 2. Apple still exerts dominance over the burgeoning tablet market, although rivals like the PlayBook have some additional features, like the ability to run Adobe Flash.

What could be important for the future success of the PlayBook is an announcement by RIM that Android apps will soon be compatible with the tablet and available in the BlackBerry App world.

Although BlackBerry is still a really big name in the business world, firms realise that mobile devices can often live and die by the quality of their apps.

Via The Telegraph

 

Author: Asavin Wattanajantra

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