As we reported in our post last week, finally the day comes when Research in Motion was all set to unveils company’s first ever, indeed most anticipated, Tablet PC to the world. At BlackBerry Developer’s conference in San Francisco, president and co-CEO Mike Lazaridis kickeed off the events with widely anticipated news: Tablet PC from RIM.
Named as BlackBerry “PlayBook”, previously anticipated as “BlackPad”, is a “Flash-loving,” “device-pairing,” “enterprise-ready” tablet with an “uncompromised browsing experience” on a 7-inch screen. It is 9.7 millimeters thick and features a high-res wide screen display that supports 1080p with HDMI and USB ports.
Not for anyone to guess, company has revealed the new tablet will be powered with new Tablet OS which is built on the QNX Neutrino architecture. Betting high on “PlayBook” and latest OS , company touts as one of the most “reliable, secure and robust” architectures.
PlayBook seems to be a powerful and multifunctional enterprise device which can perform various task at the same time. However, when it comes to battery life, as it required by any powerful MFDs, company kept the lips tightly closed. We are still figuring out what remains behind such move. Besides, company prefered not to disclose the commercial terms & aspects at this point of time which kept people guessing about the pricing of PlayBook.
Over and above company ahs released the technical specification of PlayBook as ;
- 7″ 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
- 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
- Ultra thin and portable:
- Measures 5.1″x7.6″x0.4″ (130mm x 193mm x 10mm)
- Weighs less than a pound (approximately 0.9 lb or 400g)
- Additional features and specifications of the BlackBerry PlayBook will be shared on or before the date this product is launched in retail outlets.
- RIM intends to also offer 3G and 4G models in the future
Unfortunately company has no plans to go for sales this year. The device will be available in U.S. only in early next year with the roll out plans in the geographies in second quarter of next year. This made most of the people disappointed as Apple and Samsung are already in the market and slowly pushing people to get fascinated towards their device.
From the Internet accessibility feature, initially device will be a Wi-Fi powered which can be paired with BlackBerry Smartphone. Company is also having plans to roll out 3G and 4G model later.
Want to see PlayBook in Action. Here is a launch video of one of the most anticipated tablet from RIM for you to enjoy:
Soon, we will be getting technical details analysis of PlayBook. Keep following this thread guys.