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Phones4U To Sell RIM BlackBerry PlayBook

Mobile retailer Phones4U has confirmed today that it will be selling the RIM BlackBerry PlayBook, what it calls, the world's first and only professional-grade tablet, a suggestion that we're sure will bring a smile to Cisco which sells the Cius and Apple which flogs the iPad 2, both of which target businesses as well.

Interested parties can already register their interest on a dedicated landing page here. Phones4U has yet to reveal when the tablet will go on sale and for how much, or whether it will be sold with bundled BlackBerry phones on a contract that will include minutes, texts and data.

Russell Braterman, marketing director for Phones4U, said in a statement, "we’re thrilled to be offering a professional-grade tablet device that will enhance the user’s mobile experience. Our customers are always after the latest and greatest in technology, and the BlackBerry PlayBook is setting a new standard for the tablet category".

He also added that more than two thirds of 16 to 25 year-olds own a BlackBerry smartphone and will benefit from using the BlackBerry Bridge feature, which allows a PlayBook tablet to be wirelessly connected to the RIM smartphone via Bluetooth.

This allows the tablet to access the user's full email inbox, calendar, address book and more. The PlayBook is the only tablet on the market to be based on the QNX operating system and uses a TI OMAP4 system on chip, a dual core model clocked at 1GHZ, with 1GB RAM, two HD cameras and a 7-inch WSVGA capacitive touchscreen.