Research in Motion has announced the Blackberry Playbook will ship in the US and Canada on April 19th with prices :
$499 for a 16GB model
$599 for a 32GB model
$699 for a 64GB model
The Rim Blackberry PlayBook will be available from Verizon, Best Buy, Radio Shack, AT&T, Sprint, Staples, Office Depot…
The tablet has a 1 GHz dual core TI OMAP 4430 processor, 1024 x 600 pixel 7″ touchscreen display, HDMI output, front and rear cameras, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS and accelerometer, 6-axis gyroscope, and a digital compass.
The RIM Blackberry PlayBook wieghts 0.9 pounds and it measures 5.1″ x 7.6″ x 0.4″.
The RIM BlackBerry Playbook OS is based on QNX, has fully multitasking capabilities and could run Android apps. But the tablet can’t run (smartphone) Blackberry apps !
There won’t be 3G or 4G tablet models available : for RIM, the Blackberry Playbook is a standalone tablet or a device that you use with a BlackBerry smartphone to share a mobile connection. Nevertheless, RIM is also expected to offer 4G capable versions of the tablet.
The RIM BlackBerry PlayBook 16GB model is already up for pre-order from Best Buy for $499.99.