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BlackBerry, Best Buy Accepting Orders for PlayBook

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BlackBerry Playbook tablet hands-onUSA – Companies have announced that orders can be placed for the BlackBerry PlayBook in the US and Canada starting immediately for delivery next month.

The PlayBook will be available at Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile, and in Canada at Future Shop. The tablet is available in three models based on memory capacity, 16, 32, and 64 GB. The price for each is $499, $599, and $699 US respectively. Ordering online is now available, but prospective buyers can also go to a Best Buy outlet and order at the store.

A quick Summary of the specifications for the device:

  • 7″ 1024×600 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” x 7.6” x 0.4” (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

“Tablets are becoming a bigger part of our business everyday and the launch of the BlackBerry PlayBook will heighten the level of excitement in this category,” said Scott Anderson, head of merchandising for Best Buy Mobile. “RIM has a tremendous history of producing great mobility products for our customers and we are excited to help launch the BlackBerry PlayBook.”

No ship date was mentioned. Other outlets are carrying the PlayBook, Most cellular carriers and several retail stores.

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
  • Costco
  • Future Shop
  • Mobilicity
  • MTS Allstream
  • Rogers
  • Sasktel
  • Sears
  • ShopBlackBerry.com
  • Staples
  • Telus
  • Tbooth Wireless
  • The Source
  • Videotron
  • Walmart
  • WIND Mobile
  • WIRELESS etc.
  • WIRELESSWAVE

 

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By , RIM-affairs Correspondent on Mar 23rd, 2011 GMT +2

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