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The Playbook is on display at the Blackberry booth during the Consumer Electronics Show Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken) By Isaac Brekken The Playbook is on display at the Blackberry booth during the Consumer Electronics Show Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken) By Isaac Brekken
Mike Lazaridis, president and co-CEO of Research in Motion Ltd. (RIM), holds the new PlayBook during the annual BlackBerry developers conference, Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) By Jeff Chiu Mike Lazaridis, president and co-CEO of Research in Motion Ltd. (RIM), holds the new PlayBook during the annual BlackBerry developers conference, Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) By Jeff Chiu
The PlayBook is displayed at the BlackBerry developers conference 2010 in San Francisco, Monday, Sept. 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) By Jeff Chiu The PlayBook is displayed at the BlackBerry developers conference 2010 in San Francisco, Monday, Sept. 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) By Jeff Chiu
The PlayBook is displayed at the BlackBerry developers conference 2010 in San Francisco, Monday, Sept. 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) By Jeff Chiu The PlayBook is displayed at the BlackBerry developers conference 2010 in San Francisco, Monday, Sept. 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) By Jeff Chiu

   NEW YORK (AP) -- Research In Motion Ltd. says its tablet computer, the BlackBerry PlayBook, will start selling in the U.S. and Canada on April 19 for $499 to $699.
   RIM said Tuesday that customers can start pre-ordering the gadgets -- its answer to Apple Inc.'s popular iPad devices -- through Best Buy. The PlayBook has a 7-inch screen, smaller than the iPad.
   It runs BlackBerry software and can connect to a phone, acting as a bigger screen for it. RIM calls it the first "professional-grade tablet."
   The iPad 2, which went on sale earlier this month, also starts at $499. The $499 PlayBook comes with 16 gigabytes of memory. For $599, you get 32 gigabytes and for $699, 64 gigabytes.
   RIM reports fiscal fourth-quarter earnings Thursday.
   (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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