A competitor is readying a direct challenge to Apple’s iPad that will debut April 19 in the U.S., reports Bloomberg. The challenge comes from Research in Motion, which is rolling out its BlackBerry PlayBook.
Retailers will include more than 20,000 stores operated by Best Buy Co., Staples, RadioShack and others, as well as carriers such as AT&T and Verizon Wireless, the story says. That’s more than double the distribution of the iPad, which is sold in about 10,000 stores, the piece adds.
The PlayBook has a 7-inch screen, which RIM says makes it easier to tote around than the iPad, which has a 9.7-inch screen. A version with 15 gigabytes of memory will cost $499, while a 64-gigabyte model will retail for $699.