Mark your calendars: RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook launches April 19

Waterloo-based tech titan Research in Motion has unveiled the release date for its enterprise-savvy BlackBerry PlayBook.

RIM will launch the device in more than 20,000 retail stores across North America on Tuesday, April 19.

The tablet is expected to be a hit with enterprises, much like its BlackBerry smartphones, but will have a tough time competing neck-to-neck against Apple's iPad 2, with launches in Canada this Friday.

The device will have three models: a 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB model, which will cost $500, $600, and $700 respectively. This storage capacity range and price range parallels precisely with the iPad.

Shares in RIM are up only slightly on the news.

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry solution in 1999. Since then, BlackBerry products and services have continued to change the way millions of people around the world stay connected. With the launch of BlackBerry 10, we have re-designed, re-engineered and re-invented BlackBerry. Not only... more

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