The wait is over folks, for this morning Research In Motion brought us pricing (in Canada and the US at least) for its upcoming slate computer, the BlackBerry PlayBook.
US pricing is in line with the ‘below $500’ price-point tablets seem to be aiming for these days, after the huge popularity of the iPad and iPad 2. The base 16GB WiFi model comes in at $499, with 32GB and 64GB variations coming in at $599 and $699 respectively. Canadian pricing is the same $499 for 16GB while the 32GB is $599. 64GB will set Canadians back $699 – priced obviously in Canadian Dollars. Hopefully the same conversion won’t be true outside the Americas. No Dolla to Pound conversion in the UK please Mr RIM!
No pricing yet for anything other than the WiFi model, with pre-orders starting to go live in the States and Canada through Best Buy and a few more retail partners, all listed in the press release below. The release date? April 19th.
RIM Announces Retail Channels for BlackBerry PlayBook
BlackBerry PlayBook to be available in over 20,000 Retail Outlets in the U.S. and Canada
Waterloo, ON – Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced plans to make the highly-anticipated BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet available in more than 20,000 retail outlets in the U.S. and Canada.
“The BlackBerry PlayBook is an amazing tablet that is already being widely praised as a multi-tasking powerhouse with an uncompromised web experience and an ultra-portable design,” said Mike Lazaridis, President & Co-CEO, Research In Motion. “Given the high level of customer interest in the BlackBerry PlayBook, we are particularly pleased to be working with such an amazing lineup of retail partners.”
The BlackBerry PlayBook delivers professional-grade, consumer-friendly experiences that redefine the possibilities of mobile computing. This ultra-portable tablet looks and feels great, measuring less than half an inch thick and weighing less than a pound. It features a vivid 7-inch high-resolution display that is highly-responsive with a fluid touch screen experience. It also offers industry leading performance, uncompromised web browsing with support for Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1, true multitasking, HD multimedia, advanced security features, out-of-the-box enterprise support and a robust development environment.
The BlackBerry PlayBook with Wi-Fi will be available in three models and will feature a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $499 in the United States and Canada. The lineup of retailers and wireless carriers currently expected to carry the BlackBerry PlayBook in the United States and Canada includes the following companies*:
BlackBerry from Wireless Giant
Chapters / Indigo
BlackBerry PlayBook Specifications
7″ 1024×600 WSVGA capacitive LCD touch screen
Ultra-portable at less than a pound and less than one-half inch thick: 0.9 lbs (425g) and 5.1″ x 7.6″ x 0.4″ (130mm x 194mm x 10mm)
1 GHz dual-core processor
BlackBerry® Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing
MP3, AAC and WMA audio playback
Support for high resolution video playback (H.264, MPEG4, WMV)
1080p HDMI output
Dual 1080p HD cameras for video conferencing and video capture (3MP front and 5MP rear)
1 GB RAM memory
Up to 64 GB internal storage (16, 32 and 64 GB models)
GPS, Orientation Sensor (Accelerometer), 6-Axis Motion Sensor (Gyroscope), Digital Compass (Magnetometer)
Stereo speakers and stereo microphones
Wi-Fi® (802.11 a/b/g/n) connectivity
Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR support