RIM Is Launching The BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet In The UK Next Month

RIM BlackBerry PlayBook UK Carphone WarehouseStarting June 16th the 7-inch BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will be available for purchase in the United Kingdom (UK). The launch on the 16th will be for the Wi-Fi only models, which include a 16GB model (£399), a 32GB model (£479.99), and a 64GB model for (£560).

At this time only two partnering retailers in the UK are taking pre-orders for this tablet. You can pre-order PlayBook from Carphone Warehouse and from Insight. Dixons and Phones4u will be two more retailers to offer the PlayBook on the 16th but they do not have online pre-ordering right now.

The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is a first for the BlackBerry line of mobile devices, no tablet has been launched before it by RIM. Inside the PlayBook you are provided with a 1 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of system RAM, flash-based storage, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, and of course the brand new QNX-based BlackBerry Tablet OS that has desktop like multi-tasking and natively supports Adobe Air, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 and HTML 5.

On the outside the PlayBook is a 7-inch tablet and naturally it is compact and portable, the tablet weighs only 425 g and had dimensions 194 x 130 x 10 mm (W x H x D). The main display on the PlayBook is 7-inches in size and provides a native resolution of 1024×600 or WSVGA. As for the touchscreen it supports up to 4-finger multi-touch and takes advantage of the finger-friendly capacitive touch technology. On the tablets front there is a 3MP camera and on the back there is a 5MP camera, both cameras can record video at up to 1080p HD quality.

Ports wise the BlackBerry PlayBook has you well supplied. There is a slot for your mini-HDMI output port, a micro-USB port and a proprietary docking port.

Applications wise the PlayBook can run content from the BlackBerry App World, but in future there will be an Android App Player available for the PlayBook that will let you use select Android apps.

Learn more about the PlayBook here.

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