BlackBerry Playbook matches iPad2 price

BlackBerry Playbook matches iPad2 price

So Research in Motion has finally announced the pricing of their BlackBerry Playbook tablet and guess what, they’ve actually matched the prices of Apple’s iPad2 WiFi line-up — starting with $499 for the 16GB model.

The BlackBerry Playbook will be out in store shelves by April 9, across the US and Canada.


The 32GB and 64GB models will retail for $599 and $699, respectively.

RIM BlackBerry Playbook
7″ capacitive display @ 1024×600 pixel
BlackBerry Tablet OS
Cortex A9 1GHz dual-core CPU
Dual HD cameras (3 MP front facing, 5 MP rear facing)
1080p Full HD video recording
HDMI port
WiFi 802.11n
Bluetooth 2.1

The initial release in the US/Canada will hopefully be followed by an international release, although RIM originally stated they expect it to be somewhere around 3rd quarter of 2011. The BlackBerry Playbook will compliment BlackBerry handsets by pairing with the device and synchronizing contents with it.

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23 Responses

  1. lolipown says:

    Interesting strategy by RIM. It’s definitely an option for that price.

  2. Messie says:

    “The world’s first and only professional grade tablet is here”

    (Shows a pic of the BB Playbook with a racing game on)

    <3 the irony =D

  3. ed says:

    but it wont be available here yet… so iPad still wins.

  4. Gumz says:

    kailan pa yan sa darating Pilipinas…

  5. ogago says:

    do you think it has the phone capability like the galaxy tab?

    • Messie says:

      nope. a 3g version may come (though I think it will be more of a BIS version), but I doubt it will be able to make calls and texts like a regular mobile phone. BB definitely wants to draw a line between a BB phone and a BB tablet.

  6. lolipown says:

    Looks like the new galaxy tab models are aiming for $499 and $469 price bins as well.

  7. Ethan Tremblay says:

    does it have a 3g model?

  8. Harley Son says:

    well, with all these price drop for the well known tablets, i will need to wait a quarter to for the prices to settle down.

    patience is really a virtue!

  9. Messie says:

    Commenters from international tech sites have been rambling at why this is still priced at $499 despite the 7″ screen and wifi only connectivity. Ipad2 is priced at $499 with a 9.5″ screen, Samsung’s 10″ is set at $499, and the 8.9″ is at $469. Everybody thinks that this is quite overpriced.

    This may be the case if only size matters. Given the specs above, BB playbook has advantage in its camera and bluetooth connectivity. Hmmmm.. parang iyun lang.

    At the end of the day, consumers win pa rin, kasi prices are going down while specs are going up. Good deals are coming right?

  10. Messie says:

    Bad timing for BB, having read the specs for the Samsung Galaxy tab, smells like trouble is coming to BB playbook. =S

  11. nameless says:

    luxury… what’s wrong with you people?

  12. adam says:

    though it has only 7″ display. I think both camera’s are competitive.

  13. Alwin says:

    astig ang camera! but it’s small unlike the iPad2. also, how’s the BB ecosystem as far as apps are concerned? hindi yata sya competitive, not even against Android.

    • Alwin says:

      I read that this tablet will support Android apps. that’s a welcome development :)

    • Messie says:

      This is very unlikely. Up til now rumor pa rin ito and wala pa ring confirmation from RIM. Being a BB user for quite some time already, I highly doubt it.

      Oh well, we’ll see when this get released :)

    • Messie says:

      Wooot! My sources have just announced something! I guess my guesses are way off on this one. Yep, it’s confirmed,



  14. Edwin C says:

    Ay, ayaw ko nito. Panget. Ayaw ko hanap panget. Hintay ako ASUS Slate EP121. Kailan ba talaga, kuya? At ako ay bibili.

  15. The Playbook is an interesting idea and has a lot going for it on a spec sheet, but in the end, the sheer sexiness and the eco-system of the iPad will keep it on top. I think that the Playbook will probably be picked up in companies where they are still issuing Blackberries to all their staff, which will help their sales, but as all the trends are showing, Blackberry’s years of dominance as the business Smartphone of choice are waning.

  16. Messie says:

    ^ big turn-around! In order to expand it’s eco-system, RIM just made a very smart move, that is, to allow android apps to run on the playbook (and subsequently, it’s future BB phones as well =D)

    The BB playbook will have run-time environments to allow usage of both BB apps and Android apps.

    The question is, will the android apps run as smooth as they work on native android devices? Or will the performance of these apps look similar to low-end tablet and phones?

    (I have high hopes though, given that this tablet has dual core)

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