BlackBerry PlayBook tablet PC coming in April for $500 for 16GB version

BlackBerry PlayBook tablet PC coming in April for $500 for 16GB version

Summary: Unlike Motorola, which will apparently sell its new Xoom tablet for a whopping $800 starting in a couple of weeks, Research in Motion is taking a saner approach to pricing its forthcoming PlayBook tablet.CrackBerry.

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Unlike Motorola, which will apparently sell its new Xoom tablet for a whopping $800 starting in a couple of weeks, Research in Motion is taking a saner approach to pricing its forthcoming PlayBook tablet.

CrackBerry.com received a leaked internal document from Office Depot that shows that the PlayBook will be priced at $499.99 for the 16GB model, which puts it in line with the cost of the equivalent Apple iPad. The document also lists an on-sale date of late March/early April, which will precede the rollout of the HP TouchPad by a few months.

While RIM's pricing is certainly more reasonable than Motorola's, it still shows an unwillingness to undercut the price of the iPad. There are dirt-cheap tablets running Android from no-name vendors, but no major manufacturer is even trying to price its product at $399 to see if it bring a competitive advantage. (Granted, the Dell Streak can be had for $199.99, but only with a two-year mobile contract with T-Mobile.) It suggests that margins on these devices may be slim for other companies, with Apple able to keep costs down through its supply chain and profits high. Or that one company dropping its price will set off a pricing war that will leave no winners among the iPad competitors. What do you think?

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, Laptops, BlackBerry, Tablets

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  • RE: BlackBerry PlayBook tablet PC coming in April for $500 for 16GB version

    Where is the Apple fanbase all over this one? More functionality for the same price. It can't be done, right?
    hoaxoner
    • RE: BlackBerry PlayBook tablet PC coming in April for $500 for 16GB version

      @hoaxoner It's still a 7" device. The Playbook caters to a different market due to the size.
      Keonidas
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    • but it's a 7&quot; screen.. LMAO..

      @hoaxoner it has half the screen area.. it should cost LESS.. not the same.. lol.. <br><br>iPad 2 is out in a few weeks and will have all the same specs if not better specs.. likely much better battery life and and will cost the same<br><br>straight up.. $500 for a 7" inch tablet is a joke! and a bad one.. the thing isn't even going to come loaded with native email, calendar and contacts apps.. you need to buy a $600 BB as an 'accessory' in order to access basic functionality that even feature phones have.. sorry, but this thing is a joke!
      doctorSpoc
      • RE: BlackBerry PlayBook tablet PC coming in April for $500 for 16GB version

        @doctorSpoc
        That is not necessarily the case, as anyone with any component experience will tell you. The size of the device probably takes the same amount of time to create.

        And, no, it doesn't require the BB, that is completely false. If you happen to have a BB and many people do, it seamlessly syncs with it, with no iTunes necessary. Additionally, view this video to see how much the device stinks compared to the iPad.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s72rGDUn2uo
        hoaxoner
      • you are sadly mistaken son..

        @hoaxoner

        Playbook will NOT ship with native PIM (personal information management) like any BB, like any other smartphone or tablet, like any free on contract feature phone even..

        http://blogs.forbes.com/elizabethwoyke/2011/01/17/rim-blackberry-playbook-is-great-even-without-a-blackberry/

        [i]At the same time, it?s true that the PlayBook, in its current incarnation, does not include the kinds of personal information manager [PIM] applications that BlackBerrys do. That means services like a calendar, contacts list and memos won?t appear on the PlayBook unless a BlackBerry is (wirelessly) connected to it. Corporate email accounts also don?t live ?natively? on the PlayBook. In the absence of a BlackBerry, these email accounts must be accessed through a web browser
        ...
        One solution is to add PIM management features to the PlayBook, perhaps via a software update. Bidan says that may happen, noting, ?It will come as the platform evolves.?
        [/i]

        i.e. it's not shipping with native PIM apps.. this is coming at some undisclosed time in the future..?

        try as he might to skirt around the issue and talk out of the side of his mouth... [i]On its own, this is a great standalone tablet,? said Ryan Bidan, a RIM senior product manager in charge of the PlayBook, in an interview. ?This is not a device that is reliant on a BlackBerry.?[/i]

        he still get back to this when referring to native PIM apps.. [i]?It will come as the platform evolves.?[/i]
        doctorSpoc
      • RE: BlackBerry PlayBook tablet PC coming in April for $500 for 16GB version

        You're nitpicking dude. It isn't a cell phone. Also, you're assuming that you can't use the many apps available to provide that functionality. The tablet is used for the web predominantly. Don't use red herring arguments to somehow make your apple shaped head feel better.
        hoaxoner
    • 7&quot; and not in the shop yet

      @hoaxoner a 7" tablet that is not yet out in the wild. Wait a few weeks more and Apple will come with the Ipad version 2, with enhanced features for 500 $. You are comparing apples with pears. There is no way that Blackberry comes even close with price/quality to the Ipad.
      rhon@...
    • Sounds like a rip off...

      @hoaxoner

      The 7 inch format is neither here nor there... Too big as a phone, too small as a reader. With iPad entering the Enterprise market, I would not bet on this "knock off"... too small, too expensive, too few apps...
      prof123
  • RE: BlackBerry PlayBook tablet PC coming in April for $500 for 16GB version

    You can produce whatever you want,- it will be still a junk. You have technology- like bio-displays purchesed by Sony and hidden in a drower. You still put USB-2 instead of 3 ports and Wi-fi g instead of N protocol. You're trying to put on the market shity android devices. Take an effort and improve Windows Mobile platform. You think people are stupid ? You stealing again and again people's money. What is worth mobile device if I can not see anything on a bright sunny day on it ? You forgot the main purpose of these devices.... mobility- means... operational in every conditions. And by the way...where did you got those prices from ? - From Mars ?!?!$ 500.-....$ 800.- What do you think , people are shitting with money ? Go to hell ...together with your junks
    madziek
  • RE: BlackBerry PlayBook tablet PC coming in April for $500 for 16GB version

    BlackBerry has lost some significant ground in the smartphone market to Android. Is this tablet really enough to make up for that loss? There is a lot of competition in the tablet market and it's getting a lot of attention because of that. Would focusing on the core of their business, the phone, be a better idea?
    Tough Cell
  • RE: BlackBerry PlayBook tablet PC coming in April for $500 for 16GB version

    blackberry playbook is pure wiping the sheets of ipad 2. like you would think after the 1st ipad they would make the ipad 2 well better but nooo its just thinner and more battery life woppdy doo.. buht the playbook has a better ram camera yes it mite have a smaller screen but has a better processer and it has flash player and has hdmi input soo i think ill b buyin the play book by far apples products r all the same and r never gonna change......
    ciara_13_967
  • RE: BlackBerry PlayBook tablet PC coming in April for $500 for 16GB version

    The PlayBook's design exudes the same sense of finely honed "business chic" that Research in Motion has perfected in its BlackBerry smartphones.But the PlayBook's
    jackxp7
  • RE: BlackBerry PlayBook tablet PC coming in April for $500 for 16GB version

    What happen BlackBerry PlayBook tablet
    http://www.technews5.com/2011/04/blackberry-playbook-tablet-lose-all.html
    BlackBerry PlayBook tablet lose all the right moves
    The PlayBook's design exudes the same sense of finely honed "business chic" that Research in Motion has perfected in its BlackBerry smartphones.But the PlayBook's software suffers from several missteps and oversights, especially in the drought of useful apps -- the very things that have made tablets such a hit -- and the lackluster performance of Adobe's Flash player.
    jackxp7
  • RE: BlackBerry PlayBook tablet PC coming in April for $500 for 16GB version

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  • RE: BlackBerry PlayBook tablet PC coming in April for $500 for 16GB version

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