BlackBerry Playbook to sell for under $500

Research In Motion announced they would be entering the tablet computer market for the first time to rival Apple, who currently holds 95% of the market for tablet computers. Buisnessweek said today that RIM would introduce the BlackBerry Playbook for "under $500" but didn't give an exact price.

The Playbook will undercut Apple's iPad pricing, which starts off at $499 for the standard WiFi version and 16GB of storage, going up to $829 for the 3G-enabled version with 64GB of storage. The tablet was announced near the end of September, but no official pricing was given, which left people wondering if this tablet would be expensive or not.

The BlackBerry Playbook will support Adobe Flash, unlike rival Apple, who is still adamant that HTML5 is the future of both video and audio.

RIM's version of the tablet will feature a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and support a 7" screen. The device won't support BlackBerry OS however, but will run an operating system made by QNX that supports HTML5, Flash and 1080p video support.

Full specifications:

  • 7" LCD, 1024 x 600, WSVGA, capacitive touch screen with full multi-touch and gesture support
  • BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Dual HD cameras (3 MP front facing, 5 MP rear facing), supports 1080p HD video recording
  • Video playback: 1080p HD Video, H.264, MPEG, DivX, WMV
  • Audio playback: MP3, AAC, WMA
  • HDMI video output
  • Wi-Fi - 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Connectors: microHDMI, microUSB, charging contacts
  • Open, flexible application platform with support for WebKit/HTML-5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, POSIX, OpenGL, Java
  • Ultra thin and portable:
  • Measures 5.1"x7.6"x0.4" (130mm x 193mm x 10mm)
  • Weighs less than a pound (approximately 0.9 lb or 400g)
  • RIM intends to also offer 3G and 4G models in the future
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techbeck said,

Sounds like a troll remark but whatever...and I guess a desktop is better at portability to huh since a desktop can do everything better.

Everything has its place whether its a smart phone, tablet, desktop, netbook, laptop..whatever. If you dont get why something exists, then obviously thats not the device for you.

Agreed!!!

TrOjAn. said,
I dont like the big borders ..

ALL tablets will have big borders. If the screen goes all the way to the edges how do you intend to hold the device without touching the touchscreen?

Asmodai said,

ALL tablets will have big borders. If the screen goes all the way to the edges how do you intend to hold the device without touching the touchscreen?

we use to have a pocket like thing our our old windows tablet pc's that where slates you'd stick your hand in on the back and hold it kind of like a paint pallet

That isn't a bad price point.. just worried how the subscription side is going to work out. If its blackberry will i have to pay the 10-35.00/month premium for email sync that even my 2 day old WP7 does free? I do like all of the app/framework environments it supports though!

I just don't see this thing selling at all, no matter the price point. It's not just about the hardware anymore. There are entire ecosystems to deal with as well, and RIM's is not anywhere near as formidable as Apple's or Google's.

OK. While reading the specs I was thinking wtf it doesn't have!! That's a hell lot of features for a tablet and seems to be far ahead of any competitor whatsoever including apple! Really looking forward to it!

These people don't understand.
Too many people are of the mindset that you get what you pay for. People think Apple's higher price is because of quality. So if you want to compete with Apple, it doesn't work to sell something at a lower price. People will just think the lower price is just because it isn't as good.

Beaux said,
These people don't understand.
Too many people are of the mindset that you get what you pay for. People think Apple's higher price is because of quality. So if you want to compete with Apple, it doesn't work to sell something at a lower price. People will just think the lower price is just because it isn't as good.

so with your logic they should of sold it for like $2000 so people think its like 4 times better?.. I get where your coming from but I think this is more of a product for corporations that don't think the same as silly consumers.

Lachlan said,

so with your logic they should of sold it for like $2000 so people think its like 4 times better?.. I get where your coming from but I think this is more of a product for corporations that don't think the same as silly consumers.

I'm not saying the corporations should think that way. They should just think of how the silly consumers are thinking.

Lachlan said,
I will be waiting for the windows phone 7/ windows mobile 7 tablet.. But it does look really good

Are they even making a Win Mobile 7 tablet?

Lachlan said,
I will be waiting for the windows phone 7/ windows mobile 7 tablet.. But it does look really good
I'll be waiting for a Windows 7 tablet.

Not because Windows 7 is good for a tablet, but because it's better than anything else there is for a tablet.

Phone OS? No thanks.

Personally I'm waiting for a tablet with a screen that can display 720p without scaling (even if that means it's a bit bigger like 10" or so).

Asmodai said,
Personally I'm waiting for a tablet with a screen that can display 720p without scaling (even if that means it's a bit bigger like 10" or so).

A 10" tablet?
Are you joking?

Will I be able to open PowerPoints and take notes on them using MS OneNote? If so I'm definitely getting one for school.

When a company says they are going to release something for under an even number like that, just take off a penny. So its going to be 499.99 Which is under $500. Its just a marketing gimmick.

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