BlackBerry PlayBook Banned From Store Shelves At Popular UK Retailer

Prominent United Kingdom retailer/carrier 02 has refused to sell Research In Motion’s (RIM) new BlackBerry PlayBook tablet in their stores. The 7-inch BlackBerry PlayBook was scheduled to launch in the UK but along with most of Europe throughout this month and next month, starting today June 16th.

According to O2 the PlayBook was found to have “issues with the end to end customer experience”. What they mean by that isn’t entirely clear, they could be complaining about the operating system (QNX-based BlackBerry Tablet OS) or the lack of tablet application or a combination of both, O2 wasn’t too specific with their reason.

However O2 isn’t the only retailer that could have played host to the PlayBook, other capable retailers are out there and some have PlayBook’s ready now. Best Buy UK, Carphone Warehouse and Insight are three UK retailers (see more here) who have the Wi-Fi only PlayBook which RIM launched today. The Wi-Fi only PlayBook is supposed to retail for £399 (16GB), £479 (32GB), or £559 (64GB) with VAT included.

Check out the BlackBerry PlayBook’s features below:

  • 7-inch WSVGA (1024×600) capacitive LCD touch screen
  • Ultra-portable at less than a pound and less than one-half inch thick: 0.9 lbs (425g) and 5.1” x 7.6” x 0.4” (130mm x 194mm x 10mm)
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • BlackBerry® Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing and Adobe Flash
  • MP3, AAC and WMA audio playback
  • Support for high-resolution video playback (H.264, MPEG-4, WMV)
  • 1080p HDMI out
  • Dual 1080p HD cameras for video conferencing and video capture
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Up to 64 GB internal storage (16, 32 and 64 GB models)
  • GPS, Orientation Sensor (Accelerometer), 6-Axis Motion Sensor (Gyroscope), Digital Compass (Magnetometer)
  • Stereo speakers and stereo microphones
  • Wi-Fi® (802.11 a/b/g/n) connectivity
  • Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR support

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