BlackBerry PlayBook launch date revealedDixons Group taking pre-orders on new tablet

17 May 2011

The hotly-anticipated BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is now available to pre-order. 

It can be pre-ordered from Dixons, PC World and Currys for £399 (16GB model), £479 (32GB) or £559 (64GB). The tablet will be available to buy in-store from 16 June.

BlackBerry PlayBook no text

The 7-inch PlayBook is lighter than the Apple iPad 2, weighing just 425 grams. Unlike the iPad, it benefits from Adobe Flash support, so certain videos that won't play on the Apple due it's lack of Adobe Flash will successfully play on the BlackBerry.

It also has cameras with higher megapixel counts than most other tablets. The 5Mp rear camera hints at good image quality, whereas the 3Mp front-facing one will be used mostly for video calling. 

BlackBerry AppWorld

As we reported in March, however, the camera is more likely to integrate with BlackBerry's own video conferencing app, rather than a third party app like Skype. Initially at least, there will be far fewer available BlackBerry apps, compared to what's available to owners of the Apple iPad.

Nevertheless, on paper this is a very attractive and powerful tablet. We look forward to getting our hands on it and sending it to our lab for testing.

For full results of over 20 tablets we've tested so far, check out our reviews. 

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