RIM Playbook coming Q1 2011 for under $500

RIM’s Co-CEO, Jim Balsillie, indicated his company’s Playbook tablet would be available in North American markets in Q1 of 2011 for under $500. The $500 price point is notable for the industry as it is where Apple’s 16GB Wi-Fi iPad currently sits. RIM may sell the Playbook through retail stores like Target and Best Buy, and the device would be available globally in Q2 of 2011.