BlackBerry PlayBook to Cost $500 (16GB) – Pre-Order Today

RIM has finally announced the price of the BlackBerry PlayBook.RIM is making the new tablet device available in over 20,000 locations around the US and Canada and have set the price at $499. This price is for the 16GB model. This model is the WiFi only model. For the larger capacity devicesfor 32GB and 64GB these are priced at $599 and $699 respectively.

The operating system used is based around QNX that RIM acquired in recent months. The new OS provides a fairly fluid interface as well as powerful multitasking which from our observations, works extremely well.for the technical specs the PlayBook tablet has a 7 inch screen which has a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. The screen uses capacitive touch. The processor is a 1GHz dual-core chip. It has 1GB of RAM as well as up to 64GB of storage (prices listed above). It includes front and rear cameras which can capture at 3MP and 5MP respectively. Wireless connectivity is built in of course.

PlayBook

PlayBook

The PlayBook also works as a companion device to a BlackBerry Smartphone. When opening up email, you actually connect via a smartphone and any changes you make on one device are seen on the other device. The downside is that the initial launch will only see email function for those wirelessly tethering to a smartphone. Once the tether breaks, the emails are taken off the PlayBook.

For those who need to connect up to a larger screen, HDMI is included via a micro HDMI port.The browser looks to be quite powerful too and includes Adobe Flash as well as HTML5 compatibility.What we don’t know at the moment is the release date although Best Buy and others do have pre-orders open nowThe PlayBook is going on sale at a number of locations which includes (in the US):

AT&T
Best Buy
Cbeyond
Cellular South
Cincinnati Bell
Office Depot
RadioShack
ShopBlackBerry.com
Staples
Sprint
Verizon
BlackBerry from Wireless Giant

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