We’ve known for a while that BlackBerry’s PlayBook tablet was due for release in Q2, and now we have a firm date: June 20. The device will sell through Optus, Telstra and Vodafone, as well as via Harvey Norman.
Plan pricing from those carriers hasn’t been announced, but the outright buy price for the 16GB model will be $579 — which, not so coincidentally, is the exact same price you’ll pay for an iPad 2 with the same memory. There’s also a 32GB and 64GB model — no prices on those yet, but again I suspect the iPad 2 pricing of $689 and $799 will be a pretty good indicator. Update: BlackBerry has confirmed that the prices will indeed be the same as for Wi-Fi iPad 2 models.
I enjoyed the BlackBerry PlayBook during my initial preview, and I’ve been playing with a review model — full report on Lifehacker later this week.