BlackBerry PlayBook now available for pre-order, launches April 19th for $499

We finally have a confirmed release date and price, ladies and gentlemen. RIM just announced that its first tablet device — the BlackBerry PlayBook — will be available for purchase on April 19th and will start at $499 for the 16GB version. 32GB and 64GB models will also be available at launch, and will retail for $599 and $699, respectively. The BlackBerry PlayBook is scheduled to be available on April 19th from all Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores in the U.S., and at Best Buy and Future Shop stores up north in Canada. Pre-orders will go live around 8:00 a.m. Tuesday morning — let us know if you’ll be pre-ordering one, picking one up on launch day, or skipping it altogether.

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