RIM has said that the Playbook tablet will not cost more than $500 without specifying carrier partners, and will be out by Q1 in North America and Q2 in the rest of the world in 2011. It's obvious the Playbook is trying to compete with the iPad (face it, which other tablet isn't?). The iPad starts from $499. The Playbook is falling short on the screen size itself (7 inches for the PB vs 9.56 for the iPad). We'll see how the other features add up when the Playbook's out.

The Playbook, yet another hopeful, starry-eyed iPad destroyer

Jim Balsillie, Research in Motion's Co-Chief Executive said that in Asia, South Korea and Japan will be key markets to sell the device. The PlayBook, a 7-inch tablet computer, will run on a new operating system built by QNX Software Systems, a Research in Motion unit that makes software used to run everything from cars to nuclear reactors. To catch up on the specs of the Playbook, click here.

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