RIM slaps a high price on its small slate...
The BlackBerry PlayBook, right, must be used in conjunction with a BlackBerry smartphone, such as the BlackBerry Curve above, to get email on the tabletPhoto: Natasha Lomas/silicon.com
The UK launch date and price of RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet has been revealed.
The PlayBook tablet will hit UK shops on 16 June, RIM has confirmed. Prices will start at £399.95 for a 16GB wi-fi-only PlayBook, rising to £559.95 for a 64GB wi-fi-only model. 3G versions of the PlayBook are planned for future releases but RIM has not yet announced launch dates.
The tablet will go on sale through Dixons Retail - owner of Currys and PC World - Carphone Warehouse, Insight UK and Phones 4u, with retailers taking orders now.
The slate with the seven-inch display launched in the US last month. It must be used in conjunction with a BlackBerry smartphone to access native email via a secure Bluetooth link. The PlayBook runs a separate OS to RIM's BlackBerry smartphones - the BlackBerry Tablet OS is based on an OS developed by QNX, a company RIM acquired last year.
The PlayBook will be able to run BlackBerry smartphone apps in future, as well as apps from the rival Google Android mobile platform.
Android 2.3 apps will be able to run on the PlayBook, provided developers port them across to BlackBerry App World. This summer RIM plans to launch two app players that provide an application run-time environment for BlackBerry Java and Android v2.3 apps.
Earlier this month, Microsoft sealed a deal with RIM for its Bing search engine and mapping software to be the default software on the PlayBook and all new BlackBerry smartphones.