BlackBerry PlayBook prices start from $500: pre-order it today, get it from April 19th

BlackBerry PlayBook prices start from $500: pre-order it today, get it from April 19th

You cannot complain that CTIA startedslow, can you? While RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook wasn't announced atthe show, it's one of the most anticipated tablets featuring theunique QNX-based BlackBerry Tablet OS – all for $499 for the most basicversion. Pre-orders for the 7-inch PlayBook begin today at Best Buy, but wideravailability is scheduled for April 19th when the tablet will hit Best Buy stores in the US and Canada. Otherretailers such as Staples, Office Depot and RadioShack are also tosell the tablet. Carrier availability includes AT&T, Sprint andVerizon, but not T-Mobile, which is well on its way to becoming AT&T.



Oh, and so much for those early rumorsabout a $399 price tag! But hey, RIMkept their promise and the price is actually less than $500 by asingle penny. This will buy you 0.9lbs (425g) worth of a tablet with a 1GHz dual-core chipset with 1GB of RAM, as well as full HD video recording thanks to the 5-megapixel camera on the back. Prices for different models Wi-Fi-only models are as follows:

                  

16GB..........$499.99

32GB..........$599.99

64GB..........$699.99



What's interesting also is that thePlayBook page on their website greets you with the “It's game on”slogan of the tablet. Not very business oriented, isn't it? But itnevertheless suits the PlayBook part of the tablet's name and indeed the tabletseems gaming oriented with NFS Undercover and Tetris obviouslyrunning smoothly. But business should also be well covered as is thecustom in RIM. For once, the tablet sports a 3-megapixel front-facingshooter, perfect for video conferencing. Oh, and it supports Flash.One thing we hear nothing about is the expected support of Androidapps, but we hope to see the tablet at CTIA and bring you all the additional details soon.


source: RIM and Best Buy (pre-order)


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

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6 Comments

1. IOS5 unregistered

NICE but does BB has apps?!

2. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

Yes, Balck Berry has apps. BB has been playing catchup for years now and most people outside the business enviroment have given up on BB. Looking at the lineup of tablets either already out or announced The Playbook doesn't have a chance.

3. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Prices should be adjusted down $50 for every model due to the 7" display size. A WiFi only 32GB Moto Xoom is $599 and you get a bigger display, and arguably a better tablet all around. Head to head, despite how nice the Playbook is, I see no real reason to go with it over a Xoom, unless you're a Blackberry fanatic.

4. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

This tab will be twice the tab the xoom is. I would pick the playbook anyday and I am an android user, Blackberry did this right.

5. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

How do you figure?

8. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

The interface is awesome, and unlike Honeycomb supports true multitasking.

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