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RIM's PlayBook Dated & Priced, Pre-Orders Start

Tuesday Research in Motion (RIM) announced that its upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will be available in more than 20,000 retail outlets across the US and Canada on April 19, starting at $499. The device will be Wi-Fi only and will arrive in three capacities: 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB.

Here in the States, the BlackBerry tablet will be available to purchase from the following retailers, wireless carriers and online shops:

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

For the uninitiated, RIM's new 7-inch tablet will sport a 1024 x 600 WSVGA capacitive touch screen, a 1 GHz dual processor, 1080p HDMI output, dual 1080p HD cameras for video conferencing and video capture (3MP front, 5MP rear), 1 GB RAM, 802.11 a/b/g/n connectivity and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR. It will also weigh less than a pound and measure less than one-half inch thick.

"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."

Tuesday Best Buy, the "preferred retailer" for the BlackBerry PlayBook (and apparently Nintendo's 3DS), announced that it is now taking pre-orders for the BlackBerry PlayBook, charging cunstomers $499 for the 16 GB version, $599 for the 32 GB version, and $699 for the 64 GB model.

According to the retailer, the tablet is scheduled to be available from all Best Buy stores and Best Buy Mobile stores in the US, as well as Best Buy and Future Shop stores in Canada, on April 19. Customers in the US and Canada can place their orders beginning today by visiting their local Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile or Future Shop store or by ordering on-line (after 8am ET) at Best Buy USA, Best Buy Canada and Future Shop Canada.

Interested consumers residing in Canada can purchase the BlackBerry PlayBook next month at these locations:

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