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BlackBerry PlayBook 3G+

Posted
Jan 27, 2012
Market status
Released

Pros

  • Dual core processor
  • Fast mobile data support (4G)
  • NFC
  • HDMI connector for TV-out (Micro HDMI (Type D))

Cons

  • Low pixel density screen (170 ppi)
  • Lacks microSD slot for storage expansion
  • Battery is not user replaceable
  • The camera lacks autofocus
  • The camera lacks flash
  • Lacks an ambient light sensor for automatic screen brightness adjustment

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Description

This device appears to be a 3G enabled version of the QNX based BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, simply dubbed as the 3G+ BlackBerry PlayBook. Rather than calling it a 4G tablet outright, the attached “3G+” name is on there because the leaked slides mentions HSPA+ connectivity as its biggest differentiator with the previous model, as opposed to being a 4G LTE equipped model.

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Design

  • Device type:
    • Tablet
  • OS:
    • BlackBerry Tablet OS
  • Dimensions:
    • 7.60 x 5.10 x 0.40 inches (194 x 130 x 10 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 14.99 oz (425 g)
      the average is 15.1 oz (431 g)

Display

  • Physical size:
    • 7.0 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 1024 x 600 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 170 ppi
  • Touchscreen:
      • Multi-touch

Camera

  • Camera:
      • 5 megapixels
  • Camcorder:
      • Yes
    • Features:
      • Video calling
  • Front-facing camera:
      • 3 megapixels

Hardware

  • System chip:

    System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

    • TI OMAP4460
  • Processor:

    Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

    • Dual core, 1500 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9
  • Graphics processor:
      • PowerVR SGX540 @ 384 MHz
  • System memory:

    System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

    • 1024 MB RAM
  • Built-in storage:
    • 32 GB

Battery

  • Capacity:
    • 4800 mAh
  • Not user replaceable:
    • Yes

Technology

  • UMTS:
    • 800, 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
  • Data:
    • HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS
  • Positioning:

    Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. There are three main types: GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization. GLONASS - GLONASS is a global positioning system, developed by the Russian Federation. It’s very similar to GPS, but isn’t so popular in cell phones.

    • GPS
  • Navigation:
    • Yes
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Connectivity

  • Bluetooth:
      • 2.1, EDR
  • Wi-Fi:
      • 802.11 a, b, g, n
  • USB:
      • USB 2.0
    • Connector:
      • microUSB
  • HDMI:
      • Micro HDMI (Type D)
  • Other:
    • NFC, Computer sync, OTA sync

Other features

  • Notifications:
    • Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
  • Sensors:
      • Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass
    • Voice commands, Voice recording

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