[For more info on RIM's tablet ( latest release date rumors, specs, features and so on ) check out our BlackBerry PlayBook overview]
UPDATE.Guys, it’s official, no more rumors, no more leaks – RIM has announced the BlackBerry PlayBook release date.
Since all the clues regarding the BlackBerry PlayBook release date are indicating that RIM’s tablet is pretty close to its launch date, it’s only normal for more and more details ( both real and fake ) to surface on the net, and one such piece of info is the BlackBerry PlayBook release date and price tag at Office Depot.
According to a leaked picture, Office Depot will sell the 16GB WiFi BlackBerry PlayBook model for $499, starting on 2011′s week 17 ( ergo the late March/early April BlackBerry PlayBook release date we were talking about in the article’s title ).
It’s true that the BlackBerry PlayBook price will probably differ from retailer to retailer, give or take $100 or so, but we now have an idea of what to expect in terms of pricing. Actually this new leaked info confirms the BlackBerry Playbook price range we talked about last year. And I’m also sure that the price tag will slowly but surely go down after the BlackBerry PlayBook release date, which brings us to our next questions.
How do you guys feel about the BlackBerry PlayBook price ? Will you go out and get it considering there are other cheaper alternatives out there ? Now don’t get me wrong, i’m not saying that the tablet is bad and the BlackBerry PlayBook specs can speak for themselves: a 7-inch display with a 1024 x 600 resolution, supporting multi-touch, gestures and a 1 GHz dual core processor coupled with 1 GB of RAM.
For the internal memory, the BlackBerry PlayBook will come in three versions – 16, 32 or 64 GB. The BlackBerry PlayBook specs go on with dual cameras – a 5 Mp one on the back that can record 1080p HD videos and a 3 Mp front-facing camera. The tablet will support Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi, HDMI output and both 3G and 4G.
As for the software package, we will get the QNX powered OS. And if previously people complained about the lack of apps for the tablet, let us not forget about the fact that, according to RIM’s VP ( Jeff McDowell ), the BlackBerry PlayBook will have 4,000 apps at it’s March release date ( here’s hoping that the rumor according to which the BlackBerry PlayBook release date has been pushed back is indeed gibberish ).
All being said, the question remains whether end-users will consider the BlackBerry PlayBook price attractive or not – after all the Motorola Xoom price tag is way higher. Anyway, there’s plenty of time for retailers to drop some juicy offers on us so let’s wait and see what happens in the coming month, before the BlackBerry PlayBook hits shelves.
[Reminder] This new leak confirms what we previously heard regarding AT&T’s 3G BlackBerry PlayBook release date – Late March/Early April.
Many thanks to Into Mobile for bringing us the news about the BlackBerry PlayBook release date and price.