RIM To Sell 16GB Blackberry Playbook From £399.95

Phones4U has revealed the prices of all three SKU versions of the RIM Blackberry Playbook which is set go on sale from the 16th of June, in roughly four weeks time.

According to a press released issued by the mobile retailer this morning, the device - which it presents as the world's first professional grade tablet - can be preordered online from today.

The tablets will cost £400, £480 and £560 for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB respectively. In comparison, you would pay £399, £479 and £559 respectively for Wi-Fi iPad 2 tablets with similar storage capacities.

Phones4U hasn't said whether or when the 3G version of the tablet will be available. Also, it hasn't confirmed whether it will offer it on a monthly contract with subsidies from mobile phone operators.

The tablet was launched last year and comes with a dual core TI OMAP 4430 SoC clocked at 1GHz with a 7-inch 1024x600-pixel capacitive touchscreen, 1GB RAM, a five megapixel rear camera, a front facing three megapixel one and QNX Real Time OS - all for a device weighing only 425g.

The RIM Blackberry Playbook will go against the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Tab, the HTC Flyer, the Acer Iconia A100 and the Dell Streak, all of which are 7-inch devices as well.