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

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.

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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?

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

    RIM is tanking already with iPhone and Android...this isn't going to save them one bit...

    Too little, too late.
    Brick Tamland
    • RE: BlackBerry PlayBook is FCC approved; in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB

      @Brick Tamland

      Too little? It's beefier then iPad 2 and matches nicely with Xoom hardware. Now you have a point as this is a 7" but after having time with the Playbook it's got a decent size and weight.

      Too late? The tablet market was just rebooted by Apple last March so unsure why everyone thinks its all said and done. Apple has some big flaws from an enterprise perspective so companys with Blackberrys solution (and thousands of Blackberry devices) will snap this up if it works as advertised. Add Flash support and no need to special adapters for video out, and an agressive price and RIM could have a decent sell through rate.

      RIM will also have 4G on tablet before Apple (not that 4G matters this year) but it's nice to have the option. And that is what this is about - options. Should all automobile makers called it a day when the model T rolled out? I'm all for recognizing Apple for leading the market but to assume the market is static is naive.
      MobileAdmin
      • RE: BlackBerry PlayBook is FCC approved; in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB

        @MobileAdmin Bravo!
        Joe1944
    • BlackBerry PlayBook... What? Oh. Yawn.

      @Brick Tamland
      If BlackBerry had only released this a year and a half ago. I would have been excited and ready to go out and buy one... but now... the timing is so bad. This otherwise exciting device can only garner a quick glance and a big yawn.
      camcost
    • RE: BlackBerry PlayBook is FCC approved; in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB

      @Brick Tamland
      I don't care if this makes RIM a $billion or $10. If the product is good, thats all I care about. And I'm sure if its good it will last at least 5 years (probably a new one way before that anyway, look how long ipad 1 lasted). As a consumer, I only care about the product at the moment in time. Don't really care about the company's balance sheet.
      rengek
    • RE: BlackBerry PlayBook is FCC approved; in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB

      @Brick Tamland

      Is that you, Steve Jobs?

      Dream on, the electronics game is a rollercoaster. One day you're on top, the next you're at the bottom. Apple's turn at the bottom will come soon...
      j28n
    • RE: BlackBerry PlayBook is FCC approved; in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB

      black cherry is better than nokia then ?
      www.awwgame.com
      lariosshow
  • RE: BlackBerry PlayBook is FCC approved; in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB

    "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."

    RIM have mentioned a few times that they were looking for their 16GB model to be under $500. So I imagine they are likely to either match or beat Apple's price tag.
    Matt_Fabb
    • RE: BlackBerry PlayBook is FCC approved; in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB

      @Matt_Fabb@... Well, if the $499 expected holds true, they still fail. 7" vs 10", and serious rumours of pathetic battery life on the PB. Add in the fact that corporate email REQUIRES an actual BB handheld device, and this is a giant floating turd.

      And if $499 is carrier-contract-subsidized...then RIM really is farked.
      samalie
      • RIMs might be able to do well selling through to existing customers

        @samalie There are a lot of BB users out there, and if the PB appeals as an add-on for even a decent percentage of them it's a viable market. Whether numbers work out or not remains to be seen, since an actual shipping product does too!
        matthew_maurice
      • samalie has a point

        @matthew_maurice A product that is smaller and has NO APPS sold for the same price as the iPad is a dead product.

        If RIM wants to compete, they have to drop the price by 30% ... the same as the size difference. So basically, the BP should cost no more than $350.00 if they really want to compete with Apple.
        wackoae
  • RE: BlackBerry PlayBook is FCC approved; in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB

    I am no techie, but I have a BB and am eagerly awaiting the PlayBook. I like the smaller size, since it will fit nicely in my bag for travel. It will, presumably, be better suited for the business client. So, as long as the pricing is reasonable and there are no major technical glitches, it's a go for me.
    sjwilcher
    • RE: BlackBerry PlayBook is FCC approved; in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB

      @sjwilcher I completely agree. My BB phone does what I want it to do, and the PB will only enhance the experience. I wish RIM would have been out sooner, I also wish Santa Claus would come by my house more often.
      leel1
    • RE: BlackBerry PlayBook is FCC approved; in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB

      @sjwilcher
      exactly. 7inch is much much better for traveling. Thats not to say I have to choose one over the other. Nothing says I can't have 2 but my preference is for the 7 inch model first.
      rengek
    • RE: BlackBerry PlayBook is FCC approved; in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB

      @sjwilcher

      100% with you on this one. I travel a lot, own a BB, and am really looking forward to this product. I've seen plenty of people on my travels that struggle to use the iPad mostly because of it's size.
      j28n
  • RE: BlackBerry PlayBook is FCC approved; in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB

    I thought 7" would be a good size... until I owned a few. My current favorite is 8". Much better than elongated 7" screen.
    camcost
  • RE: BlackBerry PlayBook is FCC approved; in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB

    My 2 cents of random points on the subject:

    1. Price wise, it wont be carrier subsidized pricing for the wifi only version, since stores like Sears, Staples etc will be carrying it. Though, I can dream of getting one at $399 /sigh

    2. They already said the device will have a native email app, and there is already a gmail app for the device. And you know the 3g, HSPDA+, LTE, and WiMax versions will be subsidized.

    3. The simplest answer is that the Playbook has 5 different ways of programming an app, and because they are offering a free PB for every accepted entry into BB app world for the playbook right now, I imagine at launch there will be Apps in the 1000's .

    4. Apple IOs 4.3 Sucks, the interface is dated, and most Apps aren't integrated deeply into the device like Blackberry apps, Do you know how timesaving it is, that my bb recognizes an address in a txt/email/fb message, and automatically allows me to map it without having to even think about cutting and pasting or re entering data? All I do is click the address and click map it.

    5. BB playbook allows gestures from the bezel, you may not realize this, but thats huge, because that means you have more scrreen space to do actual work.

    6. Xoom only has 100 available apps right now.

    7. The battery issue for the Playbook is hogwash. If there is one thing RIM's BB's are known for, it's amazing battery life.

    8. Playbook is endorsed by SAP, that might not mean much to you, but it's HUGE. And because many companies and their IT departments can trust and have RIM infrastructure already, it makes sense for them to take on a companion device that they already have built in support for.

    9. Blackberry OS 7 is coming Q4 this year as can be seen from leaked roadmaps. It's believed this will be QNX on the mobile smartphone platform. And that my friends, will be the game changer in my opinion.
    kuttysark
  • RE: BlackBerry PlayBook is FCC approved; in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB

    Anyone know the projected release date in Dubai ?
    peteraaaaaa6