Research in Motion’s CEO says forthcoming enterprise tablet, the PlayBook, will cost less than $500

Silencing critics who predicted the high-RAM, high-res video output, dual-camera wielding PlayBook would command a price point in the four sigits, RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie stated today in a media interview that the company’s forthcoming enterprise tablet computer would be priced below $500 – far less than even the iPad’s cheapest (and rather useless) model. The best iPad model costs well over $800.

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Despite this surprisngly low price, RIM’s PlayBook is not apt to be an “iPad killer,” and the Canadian tech titan is perfectly okay with that. Much like the company’s email-friendly Blackberry product line, the PlayBook is aimed to thrive in the corporate realm, with business-oriented consumers picking it up on the side as well.