BlackBerry PlayBook will get an under $500 price tag
BlackBerry's 'professional tablet', the PlayBook, will get a price tag of under $500 at its launch in Q1 of 2011, co-CEO of RIM Jim Balsillie shed some light on the upcoming iPad rival.
Balsillie gave the figure as a reference rather than an exact number, stressing on the competitive pricing of the device. If it was to be launched anytime sooner, the 7-inch tablet would be on par with Apple's Wi-Fi-only iPad and would undersell the $599 3G Galaxy Tab by Samsung.
BlackBerry is aiming to release the tablet in Q1 in North America through retail stores like Target and Best Buy on one hand and service providers on the other. Globally, the PlayBook will be made available in Q2 of 2011.
An all-new BB Tablet OS and polished design give the PlayBook its professional allure, however it is much smaller than the 9.7-inch iPad and lacks developer support. Even thought it is way too early to decide who will rule the tablet market in Q1 of 2011, BlackBerry's bid has the specs and the pricing to try.
1. Hello-dirt (Posts: 100; Member since: 02 May 2010)
what I want to see is a pad that easily bluetooths to a small keyborad similar to apples and can act as a screen extension if plugged into a laptop or netbook. Otherwise, I still do not see the usefulness of having a tablet.
2. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 787; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)
Pricing is way too high for any of these tablets. The Galaxy Tab is ridiculously overpriced, and I hope that it's sales are terrible so the price falls to $450 which is where it belongs. Then they need to say screw you to the carriers and sell it unlocked in the USA. The iPad is overpriced as well, and you're pretty much an idiot if you pay that kind of money for any of them. But hey, what I think is worth it and what others think is worth it are two different things. I’m glad Blackberry isn’t as dumb as Samsung and is pricing their underneath the iPad, but even that needs to come down. If I were another manufacturer, I’d price a MeeGo 64GB tablet at $499, and make a killing in sales.