According to an interview with Pocket-Lint, Steven Bates, Research in Motion’s UK Managing Director, declared that the BlackBerry PlayBook will be available for the European market in the second quarter of 2011 and claimed that the tablet is still due for North America in late March. The exact date of the European launch is still unknown, but it is already certain that the UK will be the first to get the PlayBook, probably as soon as April. Bates hasn’t mentioned anything on the pricing; this still remains unofficial.
Bates said that the tablet will be out for the USA during the first quarter of this year, while Europe will get it during the second quarter; the UK will be one of the early countries. These remarks come in contradiction with recent rumors saying that the PlayBook will be arriving on April 10.
A one month old leak hints that the new tablet will be sold under a $500 price tag (16GB, Wi-Fi-only variant). The seven-inch BlackBerry PlayBook will be offering Adobe Flash 10.1 support and will benefit, as main specs, from dual HD-capable cameras, as well as from a 1GHz, dual-core processor.