RIM PlayBook to launch in 16 more countries by July

The BlackBerry tablet should be available in major worldwide markets within the next 30 days

RIM has announced that its latest BlackBerry tablet will soon be available in 16 additional countries outside of North America, including the UK, Germany, Italy, India and Singapore.

The PlayBook has been available in the United States since April 19th and launched with a starting price of $499. Sales have reportedly been mixed, as some analysts believe the tablet has already passed the Motorola Xoom, while others have cut sales forecasts by over 20%. RIM, however, has yet to release official numbers regarding the matter.

A small number of PlayBooks have also been recalled in the United States due to “faulty” hardware.

The 7-inch BlackBerry PlayBook comes equipped with a 1GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor with 1GB RAM, PowerVR SGX540 graphics, front and rear facing cameras and the BlackBerry Tablet OS. Additional models, such as a 10-inch white variant, could be in the works as well.

For the full list of release locations, check out the official press release below.

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Allen Ngo, 2011-06-11 (Update: 2012-05-26)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.