RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook prepped for April 19 launch

RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook prepped for April 19 launch

Summary: Research in Motion's BlackBerry PlayBook will be available at Best Buy starting April 19 as well as other retailers.

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Research in Motion's BlackBerry PlayBook will be available at Best Buy starting April 19 as well as other retailers.

The PlayBook is RIM's chance to get into the tablet game and better compete with Apple's iPad and an army of Android devices, will start at $499 for the Wi-Fi version. The 16GB version will run $499, with 32GB and 64GB going for $599 and $699, respectively.

Preorders will start at Best Buy stores and will be available in a host of retail stores ranging from AT&T, RadioShack, Office Depot, Verizon and other outlets.

RIM also plans to make the PlayBook available in more than 20,000 retail outlets in the U.S. and Canada.

  • 7" 1024x600 WSVGA capacitive LCD touch screen
  • 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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Topics: Mobility, Hardware, Mobile OS, Networking, BlackBerry, Wi-Fi

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  • Announced

    The Playbook was announced Sept. 2010 and you still have to wait until next month to get one... <br><br>Come on Apple haters, let's hear it..
    Hasam1991
    • It's an iPad killer!!...Happy now? Seriously though...

      @Hasam1991

      ...it'll be interesting to see how this takes off in the enterprise vs. the iPad(2). Also waiting to see if it will run Android apps.
      DevJonny
      • RE: RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook prepped for April 19 launch

        @DevJonny Are you really that entertained by failure? How odd. Not sure whether to accuse you of masochism or narcissism.
        Graham Ellison
    • RE: RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook prepped for April 19 launch

      @Hasam1991 i'm a huge blackberry fan, but RIM dropped the ball on this one. there are 2 ipads on the market and one is $100 cheaper with more apps than RIM's first tablet. I mos def. test it out but i'm still getting the ipad2.
      mainframe85
      • RE: RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook prepped for April 19 launch

        @mainframe85
        Drop the ball? Perhaps they did, on the other hand the password on the iPad can be bypassed in seconds, I don't know for sure but if the password protection on the tablet is as good as on the phone that is one secure tablet. (but you do need to use a password for it to work)
        pllamonica@...
    • RE: RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook prepped for April 19 launch

      @Hasam1991
      well look how long it took ipad to get an hdmi output and still no usb.....But then again fanboys will buy anything that starts with an i.
      rengek
    • Re: Announced

      @Hasam1991
      We've just heard from Fanatical Apple Lovers such as you -- Nothing of substance as usual; except for hatred of anything but Apple perhaps?

      [i]~~~~~~~~~~
      Fanaticism consists of redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim.
      ~ George Santayana

      The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.
      ~ Bertrand Russell

      A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
      ~ Winston Churchill

      The cynic, a parasite of civilization, lives by denying it, for the very reason that he is convinced that it will not fail.
      ~ Jose Ortega y Gasset (Spanish philosopher and humanist, 1883-1955)

      A parasite cannot live alone.
      {African (Ovambo) Proverb}[/i]
      WinTard
      • RE: RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook prepped for April 19 launch

        @WinTard Do you have an opinion? Go try to get a life but a paranoid as you are about Apple fanbois, I'd watch my back.
        GeoffMichael
      • RE: RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook prepped for April 19 launch

        @WinTard And a WinTard is a F***Tard in disguise. Any fool can copy/paste a string of quotes from the net. And one just did here.
        Graham Ellison
      • RE: RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook prepped for April 19 launch

        @WinTard
        I thought the first three quotes on fanaticism are absolutely brilliant. Thanks!
        skylight
    • RE: RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook prepped for April 19 launch

      @Hasam1991 <br>zzzz
      barry.puckett@...
      • RE: RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook prepped for April 19 launch

        @barry.puckett@...
        I agree, that's what will happend to this tablet it will be put to sleep by iPad- zzzzzzzz lol
        Hasam1991
    • RE: RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook prepped for April 19 launch

      @Hasam1991 Pre-announcements are a strategic tool. You don't do that if you have a product already on the market... the death of Osborne Computer back in the 70s was the result of just such a pre-anouncement. But for a company with no skin yet in the game, it's a great way to spread FUD.

      In particular, RIM clear saw that iPads were, for little good reason, showing up in corporate settings. And that Android might not be far behind. Thus, it was in their best interest to pre-announce. No downside, unless they also pre-announced a delivery date that never materialized.
      Hazydave
      • RE: RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook prepped for April 19 launch

        @dave@... Do some research first. Loads of folk waiting on this including me. The ipad is a great consumer pad, for displaying content, as are some Androids. In corporate, with a secure app, its just an expensive desk calendar with little 'corporate' benefit. All the wannabes think they look cool though. And... there's been public statements from UK companies that they are stopping deploying itoys!!! <br><br>Lets see how the eminently more corporate, more mobile, RIM sells. It ticks my boxes in terms of Office use and in-car use for the kids. I suspect plenty zealots just cant see that.<br>There's plenty room for more players, and I personally dont care who sells more apples than oranges. I just want a bit of kit that works for me... it aint the ipad so far.<br>And for the record I have an iphone but prefer the two day battery life of my Torch as opposed to ONE on iphone. And I gave the tablet back as I couldn't be bothered signing into a secure app EVERYTIME I used anything standard on the pad. Total waste of time IMHO.
        johnmckay
      • RE: RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook prepped for April 19 launch

        @dave@... "No downside"? I agree, unless what eventually gets aborted onto the market doesn't sell. Then you killed your reputation instead of just a product or the myth of a range of products. Do you understand how easy it is to lose a reputation? Okay, then look at Dell over the last few years, then watch RIM over the next 12 months
        Graham Ellison
    • RE: RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook prepped for April 19 launch

      @Hasam1991

      I think that this could be a good alternative to the iPad, though lacking the flexibility of the App universe. It does not have integrated Google spyware as do all Android devices, and is designed with security in mind.

      However, if I were looking for an iPad alternative, I would wait for a WebOS device to compare. It still looks like the best OS, though RIM appears to have gone a long way to copying their GUI.
      jorjitop
    • RE: RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook prepped for April 19 launch

      @Hasam1991 well now that we've heard from the RIM hater/Apple fanboi...
      dowlingm
  • RE: RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook prepped for April 19 launch

    does it still require tethering for e-mail?
    KBot
    • RE: RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook prepped for April 19 launch

      Hi ?kBot,?

      Alex from RIM here. Just wanted to clarify ? the BlackBerry PlayBook is a standalone tablet capable of remote PC access, full web browsing, editing documents on the go and delivering HD multimedia, among other things. On its own, the PlayBook can also be used with a secure VPN using the built-in WiFi connection to access enterprise data and applications, just like you would with a laptop.

      BlackBerry smartphone users get the additional benefit of securely and wirelessly accessing all the data already being pushed to their smartphone via BlackBerry Bridge technology. This includes enterprise email, calendar and BBM ? with full BES security.

      Hope this helps demonstrate the diverse functionality of PlayBook. If you?re still not convinced, check out this video highlighting from a recent event in New York City (http://bbry.lv/ifElYd).

      Cheers,
      Alex, RIM Social Media Team
      alexkinsella
  • RE: RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook prepped for April 19 launch

    I guess they have not studied US history>>Waco>>Okla. City bombing>>my mother-in-law's birthday all 19 April
    willietwip