BlackBerry PlayBook Starts at $499, Available in Over 20,000 Retail Outlets in the U.S. and Canada, RIM Announced

Research In Motion announced its plans to make the highly-anticipated BlackBerry PlayBook tablet available in more than 20,000 retail outlets in the U.S. and Canada.BlackBerry PlayBook with Wi-Fi will be available in three models and will feature a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $499 in the United States and Canada. The lineup of […]

Research In Motion announced its plans to make the highly-anticipated BlackBerry PlayBook tablet available in more than 20,000 retail outlets in the U.S. and Canada.

BlackBerry PlayBook with Wi-Fi will be available in three models and will feature a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $499 in the United States and Canada. The lineup of retailers and wireless carriers currently expected to carry the BlackBerry PlayBook in the United States and Canada includes the following companies:

United States

  • AT&T
  • Best Buy
  • Cbeyond
  • Cellular South
  • Cincinnati Bell
  • Office Depot
  • RadioShack
  • ShopBlackBerry.com
  • Staples
  • Sprint
  • Verizon Wireless
  • BlackBerry from Wireless Giant

Canada

  • Bell
  • Best Buy
  • Chapters / Indigo
  • Costcoli>Future Shop
  • Mobilicity
  • MTS Allstream
  • Rogers
  • Sasktel
  • Sears
  • ShopBlackBerry.com
  • Staples
  • Telus
  • Tbooth Wireless
  • The Source
  • Videotron
  • Walmart
  • WIND Mobile
  • WIRELESS etc.
  • WIRELESSWAVE

BlackBerry PlayBook Specifications

  • 7-inch 1024x600 WSVGA capacitive LCD touch screen
  • Ultra-portable at less than a pound and less than one-half inch thick: 0.9 lbs (425g) and 5.1-inch x 7.6-inch x 0.4-inch (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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