Dixons Pits Blackberry Playbook Against iPad 2

Dixons, Currys and PCWorld have started to take preorders for the RIM Blackberry Playbook tablet and have pricematched the iPad 2 in what looks to be a looming battle of the tablets.

The high street retailers have undercut by 95p the price of the Playbook stock keeping units at Phones4U. More importantly, it means that there will plenty of stock when the tablet is officially launched on the 16th of June.

RIM is taking some risks by matching Apple's price because the Playbook, like the iPad 2, doesn't come with microSD card reader.

The tablet is powered by a system on chip, not unlike the A5. It is a dual core model based on the Cortex A9, the TI OMAP4430, which is clocked at 1GHz and comes with 1GB RAM, a 7-inch 1024x600 pixel touchscreen, a 5-megapixel front facing camera, HDMI connectivity, Blackberry's proprietary Bridge Connection, a 3-megapixel rear camera, Wi-Fi only (no 3G for now), BT and the new QNX operating system.

Carphone Warehouse is also selling all three SKUs of the RIM Blackberry Playbook tablet for the same price.

Apple has always been protective when it comes to suggested retail price with most retailers sticking to the same price as the Apple store, but expect the price of the Playbook to fall quickly.