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Yesterday, Research In Motion (Nasdaq: RIMM ) announced its PlayBook tablet would begin selling on April 19 in three initial versions: $499 for a 16-gigabyte version, $599 for the 32-gig version, and $699 for the 64-gig version. The pricing scheme is the same as the one Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL ) introduced with the first iPad.
All three PlayBook models are Wi-Fi only without a BlackBerry but may be tethered to the smartphone for 3G service. Each of the major wireless carriers will offer the tablet, and Best Buy (NYSE: BBY ) is already accepting pre-orders.
Share of RIM rallied slightly in yesterday's down market as investors bet the PlayBook could enjoy success luring business users away from the iPad, Motorola Mobility's (NYSE: MMI ) Xoom, and Samsung's similarly sized Galaxy tablet.
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