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BlackBerry Playbook to cost less than $500, says CEO

BlackBerry Playbook to cost less than $500, says CEO

Research In Motion co-CEO Jim Balsillie has confirmed that the company’s upcoming tablet, the BlackBerry Playbook, will be priced under $500 (around £310) when it launches Stateside in Q1 2011.

Balsillie revealed the company's plans during an interview in Seoul at the G20 CEO summit. He also said that the device will be shipping globally in the second-quarter, though pricing details for non-US regions have yet to be determined.

Even going by the US price, the Playbook will severely undercut its rivals Apple’s iPad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab, which are currently retailing for £529 for the 16GB, 3G-enabled models. We wouldn’t be too surprised if a lot of punters end up importing the device from the US to take advantage of the attractive price point.

The Playbook houses a seven-inch 1024 x 600 touchscreen panel, powered by a 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM, up to 64GB of internal storage (depending on the model) and two front and rear-facing cameras for video conferencing and high-definition recording.

It will also be running the brand new QNX operating system and offer multitasking and Flash Player support, plus the option to pair the device with a BlackBerry handset over Bluetooth.

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