As the dust settles from the Blackberry Playbook launch, the damage reports have started to come in.
In an analysis done by RBC Capital Markets, the Playbook sold 45,000+ units on launch day. This sales figure is less than one-sixth of Apple’s 500,000 iPads sold on launch day last year.
While there was no beating the iPad, the tablet did sell better than some Android-based tablets such as Samsung’s Galaxy Tab and Motorola’s Xoom.
The analysis further indicates that based on poor initial reviews of the Playbook, a device that lacks email, calendar, and contacts out of the box, the 45,000+ units sold is a solid number, with some retailers reportedly sold out by the end of the day.
According to Analyst Peter Misek of Jeffries & Co, the distribution of unit sales was approximately 25,000 units through pre-orders and 20,000 units through retail outlets.
In the end, the iPad is still tablet king.
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