$199 BlackBerry Playbook officially arriving soon to Best Buy, other retailers join in too

$199 BlackBerry Playbook officially arriving soon to Best Buy, other retailers join in too
You’ve probably already heard about $199 BlackBerry PlayBooks about to hit shelves at various retailers just in time for the Holiday season, but up until now it was only whispers and leaked ads. Now, it’s official - RIM has tweeted that its 7-inch professional tablet, which the Canadians hoped would help them be on par with the iPad and the tablet market, will be discounted down from its original retail price of $500.

The list of retailers will include Staples, Best Buy, and Future Shop, but others could also join in. We've checked the retailers' listings and while the discount hasn't yet appeared, it should be there soon. Now, one thing we’re not really sure about is how long will this deal last, but it seems that it’s not going away as soon as those $100 HP TouchPads. 

Future will tell best about that, though, and with a dual-core processor, and a flashy QNX-based operating system, the PlayBook could be a viable option for some. A bonus feature? It looks almost exactly like the Amazon Kindle Fire. Or the other way around, if we take into account the release date. Which one would you pick as a gift for your nerdy loved ones?

source: @BlackBerry via TheVerge

Related phones

  • Display 7.0" 1024 x 600 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 3 MP front
  • Processor TI OMAP4430, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB



1. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

I was waiting for the drop in price. Now is the time to actually consider the buy.

6. rockstarlive

Posts: 307; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Yeah this is REALLY gonna sell. It is extremely underrated. I might actually buy one too.

8. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

I've been looking for a tablet instead of a laptop for work purposes and played with this one before and was very impressed at well everything it had. Bluetooth keyboard and I am set with this beast.

2. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

I think the Blackberry Playbook is hugely underrated, its smooth, portable, powerful, great screen, and if I see it for this price ill try to get it cuz I missed out on the Touchpad one.

3. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

same here, gotta beg my wife to let me put it on the credit card as a little christmas gift for us. I have a feeling the inventory of this will be depleted very quickly.

4. ChriisM

Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Wonder will it be the same story in Ireland or Europe for that matter.

5. metoyou

Posts: 279; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

wOot wOOt I always love the Playbook it's super smooth and great creen and powerful, but couldnt afford the initial release price $200 is great for me, but only IF I can get one, it would sell like a hotcake

7. theredsnapper

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 18, 2011

please i hope this is very,.very, very soon as a dark cloud is amongst us

9. twashington4

Posts: 81; Member since: May 24, 2010

Yeah, it will sell like hotcake, but I wonder how many of them will end up coming back to the store the day after Christmas...:-) It's a good tablet...better at this price. Is the Android Player available for it? Otherwise, plan on opening a Kobo account if your big on reading.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.