The BlackBerry Playbook is estimated to have sold 50,000 units on its launch day in the US, despite a long and arduous journey to market.
The projected figure, which is courtesy of analysts RBC Capital Markets, is five times the number of Motorola Xoom is purported to have sold since it dropped back in February.
RBC’s stats suggest that contrary to market wisdom, it may be Research in Motion’s (RIM) effort rather than the slew of Android Honeycomb powered slates that are Apple’s real rival in the nascent tablet space.
However, it’s worth nothing that the Playbook has a lot of catching up to do if it’s going to unseat the iPod. That’s borne out by the fact that the iPad 2 alone is thought to have racked up some 2.5 million sales since March.
But for all that, it’s still an undeniably creditable showing for RIM in the light of reported software problems and component shortages that caused the PlayBook to miss its original due date of the first quarter of the year.
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