Research in Motion (RIM) have launched the BlackBerry PlayBook in the United States and Canada today starting at US$499 / CA$499 for the 16gb model. Availability in other markets such as New Zealand, Australia and United Kingdom have yet to be confirmed.

Initially available in 16gb (US$499), 32gb (US$599) or 64gb (US$699) models with WiFi connectivity, more models are expected in the coming months. Naturally many potential buyers may wait for the 3G edition to be released before making a purchase.

PlayBook Specifications include:

  • 7” LCD screen (1024 x 600 screen resolution)
  • Front camera – 3 megapixel still, 1080 HD video
  • Rear camera – 5 megapixel still, 1080 HD video
  • Java, Adobe Mobile Air, Adobe Flash support
  • Video calling
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • GPS, Orientation Sensor (Accelerometer), 6-Axis Motion Sensor (Gyroscope), Digital Compass (Magnetometer)
  • Stereo speakers and stereo microphones
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n)
  • Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR support
  • Micro USB and Micro HDMI ports (1080p output supported)
  • Weight: 425 grams

More details as they come to hand. We expect to discuss the PlayBook on an upcoming episode of the NZ Tech Podcast.