RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook gets an official price and release date

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Well, its finally official. The long awaited (and long overdue) BlackBerry PlayBook now has a definite price and release date. 

RIM has announced that the 16, 32, and 64GB WiFi versions of the tablet will retail for $499, $599, and $699, respectively. On April 19th, the device will be available for purchase at retail outlets including Staples and Best Buy. Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon will sell (presumably branded) versions of the device as well.

Back when this device was first announced, there were quite a few people who were excited about it. It was one of the first dual core tablets, and its QNX based OS looked to have some potential. However, with the recent flood of Android tablets, the release of the iPad 2, and rumors of the HP TouchPad, the PlayBook has lost much of its buzz and appeal. Even its rumored ability to run Android apps may not save it.

This looks to me like too little, too late, but for BlackBerry users it may seem like a gift from God. Are you still interested in the PlayBook now that there are so many other tablets out?

[Inside BlackBerry]
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Aaron Orquia

Aaron Orquia is an associate editor at Pocketables. He has been using Android and Linux since he bought his first computer years ago, and his interest in technology, software, and tweaking both to work just right has only grown stronger since then. His current gadgets include a OnePlus One, a Pebble smartwatch, and an Acer C720 Chromebook.

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