updated 08:05 am EDT, Tue May 17, 2011
PlayBook lands in UK June 16, matches iPad 2 price
The RIM BlackBerry PlayBook will reach the UK on June 16. It is listed on the Carphone Warehouse for pre-order, while users can register their interest for the device with Best Buy. The UK pricing of the device matches the iPad 2 pricing for each of the three Wi-Fi configurations. The 16GB model is selling for £399, the 32GB will be available for £479, while the 64GB model will be £559.
RIM is continuing to pitch the device as delivering deep multitasking and offering users the whole web with its support for Adobe Flash Player. It is also targeting its loyal BlackBerry users and tempting them to pair their BlackBerry smartphone through its BlackBerry Bridge software, which delivers the email functionality on a larger screen, in lieu of a native email client that remains absent. RIM is also touting its camera hardware as well as the devices ability to output video at 1080p via its built-in micro-HDMI port.
The device has received mixed reviews on launch, with most reviewers praising the hardware, but finding the software experience to be somewhat underdone. [via SlashGear]