Potential iPad Killer, Blackberry Playbook, Will Cost $499

Most of the iPad’s competition has been inferior and higher priced, which has resulted in numerous failures to create a true competitor. But Research In Motion might be on to something with the Blackberry Playbook. But this one little detail might be the most shocking of them all: it will cost $499.

Since the creation of the original iPad, there has been little in the way of competition for Apple. Tablets like Galaxy Tab and Xoom have hit the scene, but they also have a price (a bigger one than iPad), which meant that not only was iPad superior, but it was more competitively priced. And that is how it has been for awhile now. But Research In Motion has been turning heads for awhile with the Blackberry Playbook.

The Playbook features a unique interface, design, and functionality that is sure to impress even some of the most hardened Apple fans. And it won’t break the bank to purchase one either. With a $499 price, it is now evenly matched with the iPad.

The Blackberry Playbook will come in two versions: a 16GB version for $499 and a 32GB version for $599. It is already available for pre-order and it will be available to the public on April 19.

By James Mowery

James Mowery is a passionate technology journalist and entrepreneur who has written for various top-tier publications like Mashable and CMSWire. Follow him on Twitter: @JMowery.

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