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.