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RIM Announces PlayBook Prices, Availability

3/22/2011 09:16:10 AM Eastern

CTIA Waterloo, Ontario - Research In Motion (RIM) has set pricing
and availability for its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, saying Best Buy in the
U.S. and Best Buy-owned FutureShop in Canada will be the first to get the
device on April 19.

The BlackBerry PlayBook with Wi-Fi will be available in
three versions with 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of storage at $499, $599 and $699,
respectively.

Consumers in the U.S. and Canada can place preorders
beginning today by visiting Best Buy and Future Shop stores or going to the
chains' websites.

Overall, RIM plans PlayBook availability through a total of more
than 20,000 retail outlets in the U.S. and Canada. U.S. outlets will include
AT&T stores, Cbeyond, Cellular South stores, Cincinnati Bell stores, Office
Depot, RadioShack, Staples, Sprint stores, Verizon Wireless stores and
BlackBerry from Wireless Giant.

Canadian outlets will include Bell, Chapters/Indigo, Costco,
Mobilicity, MTS Allstream, Rogers, Sasktel, Sears ShopBlackBerry.com, Staples,
Telus, Tbooth Wireless, The Source, Videotron, Walmart, WIND Mobile, Wireless
etc., and Wireless Wave.

The PlayBook features include 7-inch 1,024 by 600 WSVGA
capacitive LCD touchscreen, 1GHz dual-core processor, BlackBerry Tablet OS,
dual 1080p HD cameras for video conferencing and video capture (3 megapixels
front and 5 megapixels rear), Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, GPS, accelerometer, six-axis
motion sensor (gyroscope), digital compass, 1GB RAM, stereo speakers, stereo
microphones and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. It weighs 0.9 pounds and is less than a
half-inch thick.

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