Blackberry Playbook sells 250,000 units according to analyst

By on May 18, 2011
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RIM’s tablet performs better than Motorola XOOM.

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While Playbook was launched amongst mixed reviews, there was no clear indication of how well it sat with actual customers. However, we may have a solid sales figure if RBC analyst Mike Abramsky’s report stands correct.

In a note to clients, Abransky said that RIM’s first tablet, the Blackberry Playbook, has been on a steady sales graph and has sold as much as 250,000 units in its first month after launch on April 19 in the US. He believes that the Playbook may sell upto 500,000 units by the end of the quarter.

“Checks at 180 Best Buys show 14% of the 16 GB sold out, 71% of the 32 GB sold out, and 84% of the 64 GB sold out; however, 32 GB/64 GB stockouts appear allocation-related,” he wrote.

In comparison, while still lagging far behind the sales of the iPad, Playbook has seemingly performed better than Android 3-based tablet XOOM. Motorola’s recent quarterly report indicated the device had shipped 250,000 but wasn’t clear on how many of them were sold.

Blackberry Playbook is all set to launch on June 16 in the UAE.


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