The much awaited BlackBerry Tablet was unveiled yesterday during RIM’s (Research In Motion) annual BlackBerry Developer Conference in San Francisco, California. CEO Mike Lazardis announced the company’s new product called the BlackBerry PlayBook. The BlackBerry PlayBook will run on an operating system called the BlackBerry Tablet OS that supports OpenGPL, POSIX, Webkit, HTML5, Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Mobile AIR, etc.
The BlackBerry PlayBook will also sport a 7-inch, 1024×600, WSVGA capacitive multitouch display, run on a (Cortex A9-based) dual-core 1GHz CPU and 1GB RAM. Other features include a 3-megapixel front-facing camera, a 5 megapixel rear lens that supports video conferencing, a HDMI port, microUSB jack, Bluetooh 2.1 and 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi. The PlayBook is expected to ship in two models – 16GB and 32GB.
Here’s preview video of the BlackBerry PlayBook:
BlackBerry Playbook Tech Specs:
- 7-inch LCD, 1024 x 600, WSVGA, capacitive touch screen with full multi-touch and gesture support
- BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing
- 1 GHz dual-core processor
- 1 GB RAM
- Dual HD cameras (3 MP front facing, 5 MP rear facing), supports 1080p HD video recording
- Video playback: 1080p HD Video, H.264, MPEG, DivX, WMV
- Audio playback: MP3, AAC, WMA
- HDMI video output
- Wi-Fi – 802.11 a/b/g/n
- Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
- Connectors: microHDMI, microUSB, charging contacts
- Open, flexible application platform with support for WebKit/HTML-5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, POSIX, OpenGL, Java
- Measures 5.1″x7.6″x0.4″ (130mm x 193mm x 10mm)
- Weighs less than a pound (approximately 0.9 lb or 400g)
- RIM intends to also offer 3G and 4G models in the future
The BlackBerry PlayBook is scheduled to be available in retail outlets here in the United States by early 2011 and international markets by the 2nd quarter of 2011. For now, there’s no information regarding the retail price of the BlackBerry PlayBook. It will be interesting to see how they’re gonna market their new product – whether they’re gonna sell it the same price as the Apple iPad or sell it cheaper to attract more people to buy the PlayBook.
What do you think of BlackBerry’s new tablet – the PlayBook? Would you consider it as an iPad Killer? Which one would you rather purchase – the iPad or the PlayBook? Please share your thoughts.