BlackBerry PlayBook sells 50,000 on launch day

Darren Allan
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The word from analysts is that Rim’s tablet sold around 50,000 on its opening day, a better total than many expected given some of the negative press the PlayBook has received.

According to a report by the Economic Times, RBC Capital Markets pegged the sales at around the 50,000 mark. Another analyst stated an estimate of 45,000.

While that’s considerably less than the iPad 2, which is thought to have shifted anywhere between 400,000 and 600,000 or more on its launch weekend – and much of that in the initial 24 hours – it’s still a solid performance.

And better than the opening salvo for some of its big Android rivals, such as the Motorola Xoom.

Apparently one in ten North American retail stores sold out of the Rim tablet on launch day, with quite a number of Best Buy outlets reporting that they were completely out.

The sales estimate is some much needed positive news for Rim, which has taken considerable flack due to a few issues with the slate.

Perhaps the biggest concern being the lack of a dedicated email client on the PlayBook (something that’s on the way with a future update – hopefully before June when the device goes on sale in the UK).

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