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March 22, 2011

RIM has revealed pricing and availability information for its new 7-inch Playbook tablet

RIM has revealed pricing and availability information for its new 7-inch Playbook tablet

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RIM has announced that consumers can place orders through Best Buy for its PlayBook 7-inch tablet from today. Weighing less than a pound (425g) and measuring up at just 0.4-inch (10mm) thick, the Wi-Fi enabled device will come in three storage flavors, and is expected to be in stores in the U.S. on April 19.

RIM says that the BlackBerry PlayBook is the world's first professional-grade tablet, delivering "industry-leading" performance which includes multitasking capabilities, support for Adobe Flash 10.1, high definition multimedia, and out-of-the-box enterprise support. The device is available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions, for suggested retail prices of US$499, US$599 and US$699 respectively.

As you may have noticed, the pricing follows the same pattern for the Wi-Fi version of the bigger iPad 2. Is it worth waiting to see pricing information for the similarly-specced HTC Flyer, which is due to arrive shortly? Or perhaps the slightly bigger Optimus Pad/G-Slate from LG is more to your taste?

For those who can't wait to get their hands on RIM's highly-anticipated new baby, Best Buy is currently taking orders in the U.S. The company has revealed that the PlayBook will also be available from:
  • AT&T
  • Cbeyond
  • Cellular South
  • Cincinnati Bell
  • Office Depot
  • RadioShack
  • ShopBlackBerry.com
  • Staples
  • Sprint
  • Verizon Wireless, and
  • BlackBerry from Wireless Giant
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3 Comments

No mention of an SD card slot, so have they made the same mistake as Apple and not provided expandability?

Mr T
22nd March, 2011 @ 04:49 pm PDT

In related news:

After taking a year to do a tear-down-and-copy of the iPad, 45 other manufacturers announced their "highly anticipated" tablets too...

Neil
22nd March, 2011 @ 06:21 pm PDT

i have a slightly diff take

buy a high end snooty product like the Samsung 8.9 or 10 OR the Ipad

club it with a 250 USD thing like the ZTE light 2

only when u ACTUALLY OWN AND USE both u will realise some relatively less known companies have mouth watering products at rock bottom prices

Atul Malhotra
23rd March, 2011 @ 09:22 am PDT
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