PlayBook Coming to Retailers in April

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BlackBerry PlayBookThe BlackBerry PlayBook from Research in Motion has found a home, and it will be at over 20,000 retail outlets across the US and Canada.

RIM announced via press release this morning that its much-anticipated tablet will be made available at AT&T stores, Best Buy, Cbeyond, Cellular South, Office Depot, Radio Shack, Staples, Sprint retailers, and Verizon stores, among others.

The base unit of the PlayBook, which will be Wi-Fi only, finally got a release date, as well as official pricing. Best Buy has begun taking preorders for the device, which will be available on April 19 starting at $499.

The 4G version of the tablet from Sprint has its own page over on the carrier’s website, where customers can sign up for updates and ready-to-buy notifications. Sprint does not have an exact release date listed for its 4G tablet, saying only that it will be available by the summer.

The PlayBook is a 7-inch, 1024 x 600 WSVGA tablet with a capacitive LCD touchscreen. Weighing in at 0.9 pounds and measuring 0.4 inches thick, the PlayBook will be powered by a 1 GHz dual-core processor and will run the new BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing.

Other features include HDMI out, front- and rear-facing cameras, 1 GB of RAM, GPS, gyroscope, digital compass, Bluetooth connectivity, and storage options of either 16, 32, or 64 GB.



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