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Blackberry Playbook Sold 45,000 Units On Launch Day, iPad Still King

by on April 21st, 2011

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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[Economic Times]

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