RIM PlayBook Launch Solid Amid AT&T Tethering Issue

Wednesday Apr 20th 2011 by Datamation.com Staff

Despite the negative reviews, one analyst says RIM sold 45,000 PlayBooks on its first day of release.

eWeek: On Tuesday, RIM launched its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet PC to less-than-stellar reviews and complaints about the lack of tethering on AT&T. Despite those challenges, Jefferies & Co. analyst Peter Misek says the company likely sold 45,000 units on the first day. "If correct, 45K+ sell though on the first day would be a success," Misek wrote. "We also estimate enterprise preorders to be meaningfully higher than consumer. We think PlayBook sales are far exceeding MMI's [Motorola Mobility's] Xoom sales."

Still, 45,000 units sold puts the PlayBook far behind Apple's iPad 2, which likely sold 500,000 units on its first day of availability.

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