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BlackBerry PlayBook: UK launch details

Tablet PC to be made available on June 16

The BlackBerry PlayBook will hit UK shelves on June 16.

Following this morning's announcement that Insight will offer BlackBerry maker RIM's first tablet PC, Dixons Retail, owner of Currys and PC World, the Carphone Warehouse, and Phones 4u have all announced they will also be stocking the device from the same date.



The 16GB Wi-Fi version is priced at £399, while the 32GB and 64GB Wi-Fi models cost £479 and £559 respectively

The tablet PC has 7in WSVGA capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1024x600 pixels and runs off a 1GHz dual-core processor.

The PlayBook also benefits from 1GB of RAM and as with most tablets, the Playbook will have a GPS accelerometer, a six-axis motion sensor and a digital compass. It runs the BlackBerry Tablet operating system and is capable of 1080p high-definition video capture thanks to its 5Mp main camera. It also has a secondary 3Mp camera and an HDMI out port.

"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. 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," said Paul Bolt, marketing and partner management director, for Insight.

The tablet PC was initially made available in the US last month.

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