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Office Depot now accepting pre-orders for RIM PlayBook

Retail chain offers three different models for pre-order, all expected to ship as early as April 19th.

Research In Motion (RIM) is attempting to make available its latest PlayBook tablet to as many brick-and-mortar locations as possible, and now Office Depot can be added to that list. First exposed through a leak last month, retail chain Office Depot is now taking pre-orders for various models of the PlayBook through its online website. Users can choose from the 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB models for $499, $599, or $699, respectively. The website promises a ship date between April 19th and the 21st for those who pre-order.

Office Depot provides customers with the most innovative lineup of products that will help them take care of business, and the BlackBerry PlayBook is certainly one of those game-changing products,” said Office Depot representative Randy Wick. The tablet will also be available for other electronics stores such as Best Buy, Staples, and Radio Shack.

RIM is betting big on its 7-inch PlayBook as it will be the company’s showcase tablet for the proprietary BlackBerry Tablet OS and the App World service. Recently, RIM confirmed PlayBook compatibility with Android Apps, which should easily double the number of available apps for users at launch. With a fast 1GHz Cortex-A9 dual-core processor and PowerVR SGX540 graphics all under $500, RIM seems to be doing everything right with the PlayBook tablet. Check out the pre-order site here for a quick list of additional PlayBook features.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-03-30 (Update: 2012-05-26)