BlackBerry PlayBook is FCC approved; in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB

Summary:The BlackBerry PlayBook has been approved by the FCC, and the Wi-Fi model will ship in three different versions: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB sizes, same as the iPad and iPad 2.

The BlackBerry PlayBook has been approved by the FCC, and the Wi-Fi model will ship in three different versions: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB sizes, same as the iPad 2.

Though there is no clear model specification for the Sprint WiMAX model yet, the three different models will all be packed into the same shell - just like the iPad. However, it will include Bluetooth and 802.11 b/g/n functionality.

The FCC filing is under a confidentiality agreement from a request by Research in Motion so there is no details emerging yet about 3G or 4G capability.

However, the confidentiality agreement will expire at the end of this month, signaling a departure to the stores shortly after.

Further to this, it is believed that the PlayBook will be out on the market early next month, after earlier this week slides emerged showing the BlackBerry App World for PlayBook would be ready by March.

The 7-inch 1024x600 pixel screen will include a dual core processor, 1GB of RAM and be half an inch thick.

Compared to the iPad, the 16GB PlayBook model could be a cheaper model for those who want a decent tablet by a reputable brand, at a lower cost.

Are you tempted away from the iPad by this BlackBerry offering?

Topics: Hardware, BlackBerry, Government, Government : US, Mobility

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Zack Whittaker writes for ZDNet, CNET, and CBS News. He is based in New York City.

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