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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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Jonathan Geller founded Boy Genius Report, now known as BGR, in 2006. It became the biggest mobile news destination in the world by the end of 2009, and BGR was acquired by leading digital media company PMC in April 2010.

Jonathan is President of the newly formed BGR Media, LLC., and Editor-in-chief of the BGR website.

What started as a side project at the age of 16, quickly transpired into 24-hour days and nights of sharing exclusive and breaking news about the mobile communications industry. BGR now reaches up to 100 million readers a month through the website, syndication partners, and additional channels.