The BlackBerry PlayBook will be making its UK debut on June 16th, it has been confirmed.
The seven-inch iPad challenger from Research In Motion (RIM), which launched stateside last month, will be landing in our shores in a month’s time through a number of major high street vendors such as Carphone Warehouse, Phones4U, Best Buy and the Dixons Group.
The cheapest model, which is the 16GB Wi-Fi-only version, will cost £399, matching its closest iPad 2 equivalent (not counting the screen size, of course), while the 32GB and 64GB models – also Wi-Fi-only - will set takers back £479 and £559 respectively.
Jeremy Fennel, category director at the Dixons group, said: "We are delighted to be adding the BlackBerry PlayBook – a great new breakthrough in the rapidly growing tablet market, that's ideal for the many current BlackBerry smartphone users, both business and consumer – to our already extensive range."
Billed as a ‘world’s first professional-grade tablet’, the PlayBook is home to a seven-inch multi-touch capacitive touchscreen with a 1024 x 600p WSVGA resolution, a 1GHz Cortex-A9 processor with 1GB of RAM and two front and rear-mounted cameras of three and five megapixel resolutions respectively - both of which shoot HD video at 1080p and support native video calling capabilities.
No word yet when the 3G model might also arrive to our shores. So if you’re looking to get online with the slate on your commutes, it might be best to stay tuned for an announcement directly from the networks.
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