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Registration available for BlackBerry Playbook tablet

Popular high-street mobile phone retailer Phones 4u has opened up the pre-registration of the much anticipated Research In Motion BlackBerry PlayBook – RIM's very first tablet device.

Phones 4u along with the likes of Carphone Warehouse have all opened up registration for the PlayBook, which directly leads to being one of the first to order and actually buy the tablet.

The BlackBerry PlayBook was unveiled over seven months ago at RIM’s annual developers conference, where the much delayed tablet has just gone on sale in the USA.

RIM’s flagship BlackBerry product has a 7-inch LCD WSVGA capacitive touch screen, capable of multi-touch whilst running the new BlackBerry Tablet OS. It’s powered by a 1Ghz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM, along with a rear 5 megapixel camera and a front 3MP variant with a microHDMI and microUSB port, WIFI and Bluetooth support.

Missing from the device is any cellular access, where the PlayBook can only use WIFI or other means on order to obtain a data connection.

Research In Motion intends to also offer 3G and 4G models in the future, where One Mobile Ring was informed by a product spokesperson at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that an HSPA+ version is planned for the UK.

Phones 4u hasn’t made available any details of the arrival date of the RIM tablet, nor the expected retail costs of the 16, 32 and 64GB versions of the device.

OMR caught up with Research In Motion at MWC this year, where we caught on film a brief briefing and a hands-on walkthrough of the PlayBook here.

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Rob has worked in the affiliate industry for many years with large publishers, and previously worked as a journalist on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, ITProPortal, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show.