RIM introduces 7 inch PlayBook tablet

RIM introduces 7 inch PlayBook tablet
As expected, RIM has introduced its BlackBerry tablet, a device named the PlayBook. RIM CEO Mike Lazaridis, keeping with the BlackBerry's heavy usage in the business world, called it the first "professional tablet". The specs are hot enough to interest both consumers and business users. The PlayBook features a 7 inch capacitive LCD display with resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. Instead of the new BlackBerry 6 OS, a new tablet version of the BlackBerry software devised by the recently acquired QNX is running the show.

QNX are producing the in-car multimedia and navigation user interfaces in our Porsches, Audis and BMWs, so we are assuming that BlackBerry is aiming for a classy experience with the PlayBook. The QNX operating system has actually been around since the 80s, and is now used in Canadian nuclear plants, so we'd dare to say it must be stable. One of QNX's projects is called the "LTE connected car", so it would also be safe to assume they have some experience with the possibilities 4G download speeds are presenting.

The tablet will have some power under the hood with a 1GHz dual-core processor, most probably NVIDIA Tegra 2, which, while not as gentle on the battery as the other upcoming dual-core chipsets, churns out the graphics performance of Samsung's Hummingbird chipset. 1GB of RAM is on board and, yes Virginia, there are two cameras. The front facing shooter is 3MP with a 5MP on back. 1080p HD video capture is supported by the dual-core chipset. The WebKit browser will allow for HTML-5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, POSIX, OpenGL and Java. The QNX guys are heavy users of Adobe Flash in their software, so it will be relatively safe to assume Flash won't be an issue, unlike on some other tablets we know of.

The PlayBook measures 5.1″x7.6″x0.4″ (130mm x 193mm x 10mm) and weighs less than 1 pound. It will not come with 3G connectivity although RIM says 3G/4G tablets will be offered in the future. Right now, users can get online via Wi-Fi or through a BlackBerry smartphone The device will launch early in 2011 in the U.S. and in the second quarter overseas. Pricing has not yet been disclosed.

source: AllThingsDigital



6. Syksyd

Posts: 63; Member since: Apr 16, 2010

I think this will change the game, as the Google Tab will be more for play...This will be direct competition for the IPad, especially for those business customers

3. Guesticle unregistered

The Torch doesn't use SureClick so why would they put that old technology into their tablet?

4. Jdadmays unregistered

because they are planning a Storm 3 release in the near future for some st upid reason they think that the world needs another big button phone.

1. easytochris

Posts: 126; Member since: Jan 21, 2010

Coming straight out of left field we have research in motion with an incredible spec sheet. This is exactly what they needed to have a competitive edge against the iPad, the Galaxy tablet, and all the other tablets coming out this holiday season. I hope for Rim's sake that two things don't happen. 1) an android tablet comes out between now and "early 2011" that will make this seem like old technology (like the hype of the xperia x10 and then the launch with 1.6 crippling sales) 2) they don't butcher it with SureClick. the only way a tablet will be successful is if it has a capacitive touch screen that wont make a terrible clicking sound every time you need to select something.

2. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

Hell yeah! I doubt Android is going to come out w/ anything that's going to make this tech seem old, they're beginning to plateau out, which is what I was fearing w/ their fast progression. The only thing I can see killing the PlayBook's hype is epic specs and a radical OS difference between the one of the tablets and the one on the smart phones....which I haven't heard anything for the near future, besides the Galaxy Tab...a glorified Galaxy S. The big thing RIM did here, wasn't presenting a banging OS w/ awesome specs, but it presented something different from what's on the BBerry phones, this in it's self helps push the appeal of the PlayBook. Oh and the screen is capacitive..no clicking nonsense...

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