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Tue 31 May 2011 12:28 PM

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BlackBerry tablet still set for June debut in UAE

Dubai's EMS says hoping Europe delivery issues will not delay June 12 launch

BlackBerry tablet still set for June debut in UAE
The PlayBook, which was showcased at a launch event at Dubai’s Armani Hotel, was released in the US on April 19 (Bloomberg Images)
BlackBerry tablet still set for June debut in UAE
(Bloomberg Images)
BlackBerry tablet still set for June debut in UAE
(Bloomberg Images)

The UAE debut of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is still set for June, although possible delays in supply of the new device from Europe may push the computer past its launch date.

The Dubai-based distributor of the device, EMS, said Tuesday the original June 12 launch may be affected by delivery glitches, but said the PlayBook would be on shelves this month. 

“The postponement of the launch of the new BlackBerry Playbook is due to potential shipping and logistics delays following overall transport delays in Europe,” EMS said in a statement.

The company is “still working towards a mid-June launch date.”

The PlayBook, which was showcased at a launch event at Dubai’s Armani Hotel, was released in the US on April 19. Canadian makers Research in Motion (RIM) were forced to recall around 1,000 of the devices earlier this month after they were shipped with a flawed operating system.

In a statement to CrackBerry.com, the Blackberry maker said the majority of the affected devices were still in the distribution channel and had not reached customers.

RIM’s shares neared a two-year low in mid-May as a result of the recall. RIM hoped the launch of the long-awaited PlayBook tablet could revive its fortunes, but the product garnered poor reviews and complaints it had been rushed out before it was ready.

RIM  is expected to ship some three million PlayBooks this year, far fewer than the 15 million iPads rival Apple shipped in a similar period last year to single-handedly create a market for touchscreen devices halfway between a smartphone and a laptop.

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