Leaked information confirms that RIM PlayBook is arriving in Q1 in North America, set to cost $500
According to DigiTimes, a daily online-media from Taiwan that often provides inside information from the Asia-Pacific region, the PlayBook is set to be released in Q1 of 2011 in North America and Q2 2011 worldwide. It cites Gregory Wade, the regional Vice-President for Asia Pacific of RIM, and along with the PlayBook's release date, the article says that 4G technology will be used by the tablet, although it doesn't specify whether it's WiMAX or TD-LTE.
Unsurprisingly, Gregory Wade says that the PlayBook will target business users and promises some (expected) features like tight security and Flash support. The bad news is that, according to this rumour, the price of the RIM PlayBook is set at $500. If this is true, it turns out that all this talk that it would cost below the above-mentioned sum only means that it would be priced at $499.99, which we find neither charming, nor amusing.
The BlackBerry PlayBook is advertised as the first "professional tablet" and its OS is the newly-acquired QNX. This OS is RIM's answer to its shrinking sales and it's set to be at least partly adopted by the future BlackBerry phones.
2. achilles (Posts: 54; Member since: 27 May 2010)
I dont understand why Rim doesnt sell the PlayBook for 199.99? If they did this, they would make money on the shear number sold! It would easily become the# 1 Tablet and everyone would praise them.
4. zerglisk (Posts: 544; Member since: 09 Feb 2010)
I would say anything below $349 is okay for a 7" tablet (forgot if this is a 10" or 7"), but $199.99 is just too cheap to even get its material cost back.
3. zerglisk (Posts: 544; Member since: 09 Feb 2010)
The playbook must be selling cheaper than its competitors otherwise it will most likely not do well in the future. Look at the example of Galaxy S tablet...
Also, DO NOT CONTRACT THE DAMN TABLETS
5. remixfa (Posts: 14251; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
well, in perspective if its 500 full retail, if they do a contract that would put it in line with cellphones for 200ish on contract which would make it the cheapest "major" tablet at the moment.
problem is with an android tablet launching almost daily at every price range, and the eventual ipad2 for all u apple idiots, how is it going to compete?
ill buy the first one that has prime parts, is sub300 without contract, and can properly display my digital books for college through the pearson website.
6. pumah (unregistered)
Went to the Verizon store today and saw the new phone and tablets. Well, didn't bother with one of them, but the Galaxy Tab was really nice and the perfect size. It cost 600. without a contract, just a data plan. So I don't know if other carriers are going to contract tablets or not, but Verizon is not.
7. smpdx (Posts: 127; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)
Verizon doesnt even give you the option to contract the tablet.
8. Dollgrin (Posts: 19; Member since: 21 Nov 2010)
With Sprint you can contract. I like it, but it's a little small for me. I guess I'm one of those "apple idiots" who likes the iPad. It was cheaper for me to get one of those than a tablet pc since I use it a lot for school, but to each their own. I love blackberry and I'm looking forward to playing with one of these when it comes out.