Research in Motion still hasn’t announced the official pricing for the upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, but we’ve been hearing for a while that it would be competitive with Apple’s iPad and that at least some models would sell for under $500. Now the folks at Mobility Insider claim to have the scoop on the actual pricing.

Reportedly you’ll be able to pick up an 8GB model for $399, while a 16GB version will run $499 and 32GB version will sell for $599.

I’d take these prices with a grain of salt for now, since they come from an anonymous source.

Mobility Insider reports that the only difference between these models is the amount of storage space, which makes the pricing spread seem a bit high to me. None of the models will have an integrated 3G modem. Instead, the idea is that you’ll be able to pair the PlayBook with a BlackeBerry phone to share your data connection, or use the PlayBook as a standalone tablet over a WiFi connection.

The BlackBerry PlayBook is expected to launch early next year.

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One reply on “Rumor: BlackBerry Playbook pricing to start at $399”

  1. Given that it comes with an SD card slot I find such a pricing spread to be ludicrous.

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