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BlackBerry PlayBook spec, price & launch date

Research in Motion(RIM) has announced that its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will be released in US and Canada on April 19th, 2011.

Similar to the iPad 2, the PlayBook comes in three options at three different price points:

  • 16GB – $499
  • 32GB – $599
  • 64GB – $699

There are also four network options:

  • BlackBerry PlayBook with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • BlackBerry 4G PlayBook with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n + WiMax
  • BlackBerry 4G PlayBook with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n + LTE
  • BlackBerry 4G PlayBook with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n + HSPA

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

Customers can place their orders starting today and  the BlackBerry PlayBook will be available in over 20,000 Retail Outlets in the U.S. and Canada on April 19.

Blackberry Playbook official homepage-http://us.blackberry.com/playbook-tablet/

Press Release from RIM below:

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*:

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

Canada
* Bell
* Best Buy
* Chapters / Indigo
* Costco
* Future Shop
* Mobilicity
* MTS Allstream
* Rogers
* Sasktel
* Sears
* ShopBlackBerry.com
* Staples
* Telus
* Tbooth Wireless
* The Source
* Videotron
* Walmart
* WIND Mobile
* WIRELESS etc.
* WIRELESSWAVE

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

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