We have some important news for those of you who are planning on picking up the BlackBerry Playbook tablet from RIM, as the company has just announced official pricing for the device, much to our surprise. They previously hinted that the official price in US would be sub-$500 and they have kept to their word.
We’re not sure if the timing of the announcement has anything to do with LG’s recent announcement for the G-Slate which they’ve just priced at $529, but we can confirm that the BlackBerry Playbook will come in at $499, for the 16GB WiFi version of the device.
As well as announcing the price, RIM has also detailed a list of confirmed carriers and retailers which will stock the Playbook on launch. Sprint, Verizon, AT&T will all carry the Playbook, T-Mobile has the G-Slate remember, while Best Buy, Radioshack and Staples top the list for confimed retailers.
What are your thoughts on the $499 price? It’s very reasonable for a 7-inch device which features a dual-core 1Ghz processor, dual 1080p cameras (5 megapixel back, 3 megapixel on the front) and a brand new BlackBerry Tablet OS to enjoy. It also means that the Playbook is $100 cheaper than the Motorola Xoom and also falls at the same $499 price point as the 16GB WiFi iPad 2.
Who is planning to get one now that you know the official price? Is it your favorite tablet on the market now, or do you still think other contenders offer more? We’ll be providing you with more feedback on the Playbook’s pricing soon. The official press release link is here, but it appears to be down at the moment – check it again later to see if it fixes itself.