BlackBerry PlayBook gets price in US – $499 for 16GB

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The PlayBook, the tablet that RIM is hoping to stand a chance against the iPad, has now revealed the prices that the tablet will be sold at, as well as the stores in both the United States and Canada who will be offering the PlayBook.

The tablet will be sold for $499 for the 16GB model, while the 32GB and 64GB models will be sold for $599 and $699 respectively. The price points match the iPad. However, with that, do the features justify the cost, especially when the iPad has a much larger screen than the PlayBook, but the PlayBook supports Flash – something the device lacks.

These price points are expected to be the Wi-Fi only version, and the 4G versions of the tablet – one for each of the three standards deemed to be “4G” – will have a higher price point.

As usual, stores such as Best Buy and the carriers supporting one of four different versions of the tablet will be included, but also smaller mobile phone networks and retailers. Best Buy is starting pre-orders right now.

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