BlackBerry PlayBook Official for April 19

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It’s official finally. The BlackBerry PlayBook WiFi tablet will be priced from $499 to $699 and ship April 19. More than 20,000 retailer outlets are expected to stock the device, announced Blackberry maker Research in Motion (RIM) Tuesday.

PlayBook Available April 19Best Buy said it started taking pre-orders Tuesday on the 7-inch tablet, which is RIM’s answer to the iPad.

Prices are $499 for the 16GB PlayBook, $599 for the 32GB version or $699 for the 64GB model.

As you may recall, RIM’s Bob Perry addressed the car electronics industry at KnowledgeFest last fall, in hopes suppliers will develop products and apps for using the PlayBook in the car.

The PlayBook supports Flash (unlike the iPad), and gives you HD multimedia and enterprise features such as advanced security.

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

Source: RIM, The Wall Street Journal, Best Buy

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