BlackBerry PlayBook to be 'very competitively priced'

We've had the big launch, of the BlackBerry PlayBook, but missing from that was one important detail - the price. We now have a better idea of that thanks to one of RIM's top men.

According to Bloomberg, RIM's Co-Chief Executive Officer Jim Balsillie has claimed it will be 'very competitively priced', which he expanded to a price of 'under $500'. Probably just under, but under nonetheless.

That's £312 if you do a direct conversion. Ok, these things never quite work like that, but it's a fair guide. It's also an outright purchase price, with no 3G connectivity, so don't expect the PlayBook to be selling discounted via mobile networks when it lands in the Uk (like the Galaxy Tab for example).

For that price, if correct, you'll get a WSVGA 7-inch capacitive touchscreen, a 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, up to 32GB of storage and two cameras - a 3-megapixel front facing one and a 5-megapixel rear camera, with the option of capturing HD video footage in 1080p too.

As we said, no 3G, but there is Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as HDMI and USB slots plus the the ability to run Flash 10.1 and cope with HTML 5. All current BlackBerry apps will work with the device, but new ones specific to it are expected to follow. No news on that UK launch date as yet - but early 2011 is looking good.

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