BlackBerry PlayBook Sales Estimated To Be Around 50,000 [ANALYST]

Posted Apr 20, 2011

The BlackBerry PlayBook went for sale yesterday. The tablet made by Research In Motion Limited (NASDAQ:RIMM). Android app compatibility is not available as of yet. The price of the device is $500 for the 16GB model, $600 for the 32GB version, or $700 for the 64GB option. RBC Capital Markets’ Mike Abramsky checked with 70 retail stores to create an analysis of how many devices he expected to have been sold.

Abramsky came up with the number 50,000 for day one sales including pre-orders. He also pointed out that RIM is on track to ship about 500,000 PlayBooks in Q1 of 2012. ?The launch appears to have been stronger than the launch of Motorola?s Xoom (Android) Tablet, or the Samsung Galaxy Tab, although it?s too early to judge sustainability,? stated Abramsky.

Another issue with the PlayBook is that BlackBerry Bridge still needs to be approved by AT&T. Bridge is required to e-mail to work on the tablet.

[Engadget/Financial Post]