BlackBerry PlayBook UK release date set as June 16th

Update: Retailers announce their PlayBook launch prices

PlayBook UK release date officially confirmed as pre-orders begin

UK release information and pricing for RIM’s first foray into the tablet market has been officially announced as the BlackBerry PlayBook is confirmed for a June 16th arrival as pre-orders of the 7-inch tablet begin.

BlackBerry PlayBook video

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Being made available in the UK by Insight UK, the PlayBook will be released with the 16GB offering landing with a pre-VAT price of just £329.99, the 32GB and 64GB models are set to touch down priced £399.99 and £464.99 respectively.

Joining Insight in hosting the PlayBook in the UK retailers Phones4u, Carphone Warehouse, Best Buy and Dixons Group outlets Currys and PC World have all confirmed their intensions of offering the first RIM tablet. Whilst Carphone Warehouse, Best Buy, Currys and PC World will all host the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB PlayBook options, with each retailer offering the devices at £399, £479 and £559 respectively, Phones4u will only tout the 16GB and 64GB tablets with an additional 95pence added to each price.

Dubbed as ‘the world’s first professional-grade tablet’, the BlackBerry PlayBook touts a 7-inch 1024 x 600p WSVGA capacitive LCD touchscreen display alongside a 1GHz processor, dual 1080p Full HD cameras and 1GB of RAM.

“We are pleased to have been selected as one of the UK launch partners for BlackBerry PlayBook, and we expect to see strong demand for the tablet amongst both business and public sector users,” announced Paul Bolt, Marketing and Partner Management Director for Insight on the arrival of the RIM tablet.

He added: “Tablets are experiencing a lot of interest from consumers and the popularity of BlackBerry smartphones in the enterprise means that PlayBook will see demand from this market too.”

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