RIM is pricing its upcoming Playbook tablet at less than $500, a direct shot at Apple’s iPad pricing policies. Although Blackberry execs refrained from naming a price, Businessweek says the device will cost less than the iPad or will at least be “competitive.”
The PlayBook runs Flash 10.1 and HTML 5 along with supporting 1080p hardware accelerated video. There’s Micro HDMI and Micro USB connections, along with a 3MP front and 5MP rear-facing camera. That HDMI connection can even output video to dual displays. There’s no doubt that the PlayBook rocks some impressive hardware, but that’s only a small part of what makes a tablet great. Its future lies in the hands of what seems to be a totally revamped OS.