BlackBerry PlayBook on April 19; pricing starts at $499


Research In Motion (RIM) has announced a release date and pricing for their very own tablet. The BlackBerry PlayBook will launch on April 19, 2011 in both Canada and the United States with a starting price of $499.

The BlackBerry PlayBook will be available in three models: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, with a suggested retail price (MSRP) of $499, $599, and $699. To many consumers surprise, the PlayBook will actually undercut the Apple iPad 2 in Canada, which will be offered for the exact same price as its United States counterpart. Starting Friday March 25, the iPad 2 will be available for $519, a $20 difference between Canada and the United States.

Consumers can pre-order the PlayBook through BestBuy and FutureShop (in Canada) now to be amongst the first people to receive the device.

BlackBerry PlayBook Specifications:

  • 7" 1024x600 WSVGA capacitive LCD touch screen
  • Ultra-portable at less than a pound and less than one-half inch thick: 0.9 lbs (425g) and 5.1" x 7.6" x
  • 0.4" (130mm x 194mm x 10mm)
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • BlackBerry® Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing
  • MP3, AAC and WMA audio playback
  • Support for high resolution video playback (H.264, MPEG4, WMV)
  • 1080p HDMI output
  • Dual 1080p HD cameras for video conferencing and video capture (3MP front and 5MP rear)
  • 1 GB RAM memory
  • Up to 64 GB internal storage (16, 32 and 64 GB models)
  • GPS, Orientation Sensor (Accelerometer), 6-Axis Motion Sensor (Gyroscope), Digital Compass (Magnetometer)
  • Stereo speakers and stereo microphones
  • Wi-Fi® (802.11 a/b/g/n) connectivity
  • Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR support

Don't forget to check out Neowin's hands-on photos and video of the BlackBerry PlayBook from CES2011.

Thanks to V-Tech for pointing this out in the forums!

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I wonder how and why RIM picked that name... I mean they are always aiming for the business part of the market, can't see how playbook would be the most appealing name in that case ^^

alexalex said,
So how many build to tablet apps does the playbook have ?

for the moment it's probably only the apps that comes with the device itself...

and the OS is rather different from blackberry phones so wouldn't surprise me if it can't run those apps either, not that there is a lot of them

V-Tech said,
Thank you for posting this as news

You're welcome! And thanks for posting it in BPN!

I'm definitely exited to get another personal hands-on of the PlayBook.

Andrew Lyle said,

You're welcome! And thanks for posting it in BPN!

I'm definitely excited to get another personal hands-on of the PlayBook.

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