BlackBerry Announces PlayBook Pre-Order, Pricing Same as iPad 2 WiFi

BlackBerry has finally announced pre-order details and and pricing for the PlayBook.  Here is a bit a surprise, there will actually be three different models. There will be a BlackBerry PlayBook  featuring 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of storage at $499, $599 and $699 respectively. This pricing scheme is actually the same as the iPad 2 with WiFi only. The PlayBook is scheduled to be available on April 19 from all Best Buy stores and Best Buy Mobile stores in the U.S., as well as Best Buy and Future Shop stores in Canada. RIM also states that it will be available in more than 20,000 stores upon launch.  Folks can pre-order the PlayBook beginning today a Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile or Future Shop store.  So if you can’t find an iPad 2, it looks like you’ll definitely be able to score a PlayBook.

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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