BlackBerry PlayBook sells 50,000 on US launch day

Better than expected sales estimated for the tablet

Device sits behind the iPad but well ahead of the Motorola Xoom.

The BlackBerry PlayBook has achieved impressive first day sales of around 50,000 units according to a preliminary analyst reports.

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One in nine North American retail stores reportedly sold out their stock of the portable device on its opening day, most likely surpassing figures for that of its closest rival, the Motorola XOOM, according to RBC Capital Markets.

Motorola’s maligned device was recently announced to have only sold a paltry 100,000 in its first two months, whilst Apple’s iPad shifted 300,000 units over the tablet’s launch weekend.

Further estimates support the strong sales figures, Peter Misek, an analyst for Jefferies & Co, placed sales of the tablet at 45,000 units with 25,000 PlayBooks sold through pre-order and another 20,000 bought over-the-counter.

Speaking on the PlayBook’s successful launch yesterday Misek commented, "While the launch of the PlayBook is not attracting overnight crowds, pre-order sales and in-store demand in major cities has been solid; however, AT&T's prohibition of free tethering is an unexpected negative."

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Via: MobileMag