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BlackBerry PlayBook hits UK shelves

Insight among retailers offering RIM's first tablet PC

The BlackBerry PlayBook has finally been made available to Brits.

The tablet PC, which is the first from BlackBerry maker RIM, is available through Insight as well as Currys and PC World stores, the Carphone Warehouse, and Phones 4u.

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 a 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 have seen a strong demand for the BlackBerry PlayBook ahead of the launch, and pre-orders are already on target to sell out. Customers are getting excited about the potential that tablets offer and the integration with BlackBerry smartphones is a real plus point for business users," said Paul Bolt, marketing and partner management director at Insight.

The company also revealed any pre-ordered devices were shipped yesterday and should arrive today.

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