BlackBerry Playbook Tablet Review | Specs | Price | Features BlackBerry PlayBook with Wi-Fi | Best Buy
Research In Motion's (RIMM: News ,RIM.TO: News ) much expected BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will be available from April 19 in more than 20 thousand retail outlets in the US and Canada, with a starting base price of $499, said the BlackBerry maker Tuesday.
The BlackBerry PlayBook with Wi-Fi will come in three models, with 16GB costing $499, while 32GB and 64GB costing $599 and $699 respectively.
The RIM's answer to Apple's iPad 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.
The company also plans to sell the tablet through wireless carriers and retailers, including AT&T, Cincinnati Bell, Sprint, Verizon, Costco and Future Shop.
Best Buy said that 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.
Apple had launched the iPad tablet in April 2010 and sold almost 15 million of it in the past year. RIM is almost last to the tablet market among the big players, as all other majors have launched their own version of tablet, including Samsung's Galaxy Tab, Motorola's Xoom, HTC's Flyer, HP's TouchPad and LG's Optimus Pad.
BlackBerry PlayBook has a 7-inch LCD touch screen and weighs less than a pound. The tablet is powered by 1 GHz dual-core processor and runs on BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing.