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