Canadian electronic retailer Future Shop has just opened up pre-orders for Research in Motion’s latest offering: the Blackberry Playbook. Futureshop has 3 different versions available for pre-order; 16 GB WIFI for $499.99, 32 GB for $599.99, and the 64 GB for $699.99.
Futureshop is one of the sole Canadian electronics stores to open up pre-orders for the Blackberry Playbook, which is set to go on sale April 19th 2011. It looks like we will not have to wait long to get the latest tablet from a great Canadian company.
This time last year Canada was far behind the curve in getting tablets after the USA launch, in 2011 things are getting here much faster. Canadian stores and dealers are catching on to the fact that they can cash in on the hype that surrounds a new device launch by captilizing on it quickly. For excample the Apple iPad 2 only launched in the USA just a few weeks ago and already it is here in Canada. The iPad 1 launch had almost a 3 month delay in reaching Canada, and the Dell Streak 5 took 6 months. The Motorola Xoom was the recent big name tablet to drop here in Canada only about less than a month after the USA launch.
We at Good e-Reader certainly approve of great tablets and gadgets taking less time to reach us and are eagerly looking forward to getting our hands on the first tablet RIM has launched. In the meantime, check out our CES hands on video of the Blackberry Playbook.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.