Blackberry Playbook expected at sub-$500 entry price

By on November 10, 2010
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CO-CEO Jim Balsillie reveals plans.


RIM CO-CEO Jim Balsillie has revealed in an interview in Korea that its forthcoming Blackberry Playbook will reach the US market in Q1 2011 priced at under $500. Originally unveiled in September, Balsillie also indicated that the device would then begin rolling out globally during Q2 2011.

When it ships, the Playbook will incorporate an ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core processor running at 1GHz with 1GB of RAM. It will pack a 7-inch 1024×600 display and weigh 0.9lbs. It will run a QNX-based OS with the ability to connect to Blackberry Enterprise Servers for e-mail by pairing over Bluetooth with a Blackberry smartphone. It will also feature dual-720p video cameras and is capable of real-time video conferencing.


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