BlackBerry PlayBook

RIM may have revealed the BlackBerry PlayBook back in September of last year, but up until now they've remained quiet on the launch and pricing information on the device. Thanks to a fresh new press release, we now know that the WiFi-only PlayBook will be arriving in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB varieties on April 19th for $499.99, $599.99, and $699.99, respectively. If you absolutely need to be the first on your block with RIM's QNX-powered slate, you can pre-order your very own PlayBook from Best Buy right here.

It may have taken (much) longer than any of us would've liked, but it's great that we've finally got solid launch details for the PlayBook. It's coming a bit later than previous rumors claimed, but good on RIM for being aggressive with its pricing for the tablet, matching Apple's pricing model for the iPad. Will the PlayBook be able to stand up against the iPad and the plethora of Android tablets that are coming? Feel free to share your opinion on the impending retail battle below.

Best Buy Begins Accepting Orders For BlackBerry PlayBook today

Minneapolis, MN and Waterloo, ON - Customers eagerly awaiting the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet can begin placing their orders today. Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) and Best Buy (NYSE: BBY), a preferred retailer for the BlackBerry PlayBook, today announced the pricing and launch date for the highly anticipated tablet in the U.S. and Canada.

The BlackBerry PlayBook with Wi-Fi will come in three models, featuring 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of storage at $499, $599 and $699 respectively. It is scheduled to be available from all Best Buy stores and Best Buy Mobile stores in the US, as well as Best Buy and Future Shop* stores in Canada, on April 19. Customers in the US and Canada can place their orders beginning today by visiting their local Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile or Future Shop store or by ordering on-line (after 8am ET) at:

U.S. – www.bestbuy.com/playbook

Canada - www.bestbuy.ca/blackberry or www.futureshop.ca/blackberry

"Previews of the BlackBerry PlayBook have generated tremendous excitement and we know that customers are eager to get their hands on one," said Craig McLennan, Regional Managing Director, North America, Research In Motion. "We share that excitement and we are very pleased to announce that customers can begin placing their orders with Best Buy today."

"Tablets are becoming a bigger part of our business everyday and the launch of the BlackBerry PlayBook will heighten the level of excitement in this category," said Scott Anderson, head of merchandising for Best Buy Mobile. "RIM has a tremendous history of producing great mobility products for our customers and we are excited to help launch the BlackBerry PlayBook."

BlackBerry PlayBook is the world's first professional-grade tablet. It features an ultra-portable design and delivers industry leading performance, uncompromised web browsing with support for Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1, true multitasking, HD multimedia, advanced security features, out-of-the-box enterprise support and a robust development environment.

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

Via Engadget

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Jose Hernandez The hype died out. They took to long. Sorry Blackberry!
Christina Elena Amaya yes...used blackberry before android and still miss it was a great phone and never gave me problems but I got lured by the big touch screen capabilities of android...If the Torch had been on Verizon or Sprint I would have gotten that instead of android...but now with the playbook I may finally have a blackberry touchscreen :-)
Robert Torrez YES! When will it be available in stores!!!???
Brian Walsh I did want it like 8 months ago when they announced it but its been such a long wait that I feel like its already old before its even out and now I don't even want it. I'm going for the evolution 3d
Marc Forrest Nope samsung galaxy tab 10.1 is much better
Joel Gomez I'm not a blackberry fan. Nope.
Craig Duke Lion Jones JeSus I did not expect that many ppl to say no bb users ov not bothered aswell. Viva la android
Darryl Mouzone No. For Blackberry it's too little too late.
Jamil Cooper Not at all. Blackberry is like a jerry curl to me
Riduan Erikson Pasaribu absolutely not.
Artur Lang i like the design. but ipad (2) is still the best :D
Rizwan Zaki Abby androids not made by htc are shit The vast majority of android apps are shit Ithe playbook has good apps and cheap price then yes But this is something ipad already has
MoMo Khan Garbage
Mike Chiou Not a tiny little bit at all~
Adam Cuong Tran Hell yes I'm interested they need to stop showing and start selling!!!
Brian Honey If Blackberry can drum up better App support, maybe. One of the biggest disappointments I have with my Style (my first BB) is the "apps" that are actually just bookmarks to websites - that don't even work. All the "apps" do is load the Blackberry Mobile website, at least on my device. For the sake of competition, I'd like to see it do well, but app-wise, BB is starting out with a serious deficit compared to iPad and Android tablets.
Sergio Sava Velez It arrived at the tablet party too late... they waited too long and both the iPad and the Xoom alone have raised the bar high enough. It does have the right hardware and a very nice UI but the lack of applications is a major downside to what consumers are after in modern devices.
Kyndryk Leshaun Not reallly
Kevin Mybigman Tell the true, only playbook interest me for now, and if they can manage to put android app on it.... Wow....
David Kimball No, iPad all the way!
Mick Bgm Melody Nope not ay all
Ian Medina No jailbreak, no interest, no buy!
Jean Pennie I'll be getting one for sure, can't wait
Anthony Alecseenko I would like it, or any other tablet (wifi only) if the price was a nice $399.99...
Edgar Llama Not really flash didnt help it at all
Abel Amossa nooooope. not at all
Peter Kis As it'll probably never be available in Switzerland: nope.
Jimmy Pop If it was free it would, Not a blackberry person.
Chad Richter You mean "am I excited for the hp touch pad?". And I am excited for that.
Gainaako Munyal It doesn't seem bad seeing how it has flash integration which the ipad 2 lacks. You get that full browser experience feel that you get with the motorola xoom. I don't understand apple fanatics, don't they realize this? What I want to know is how it matches up to the xoom.
Brad Carter not at all if it gets as slow as other blackberries do after a few weeks of use.
Akmal Yusri yeah .motorola xoom is better
Josh Ward no but i wanna win an ipad today hopefully since today is my birthday
Sinan Khaled Batayneh not. one. bit.
Ryan Downey I would rather get erectile dysfunction
Jennifer DeAlmeida Nope. iPad!!!
Anthony Peña IF IT WAS $300 THEN YES!
Travis Brown I wish blackberry would hurry up and die
Syahmi Shaarani Nope. Motorola Xoom ftw

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