RIM surprises with hot Tablet
RIM unveiled yesterday at the DEVCON the BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet computer. The PlayBook is taking on the iPad with a new operating system based on QNX and high end hardware specifications. RIM says that the BlackBerry PlayBook is perfect for either large organizations or an “army of one”. The PlayBook name though appeals to consumers. There are lots of great things to say about the BlackBerry PlayBook, but we start with the bad news. RIM is launching the PlayBook in early 2011. This means they miss the crucial holiday shopping season.
Now to the good news about the PlayBook. With less than half an inch thick and weighing less than a pound, the BlackBerry PlayBook features a vivid 7-inch high resolution display (1024x600). RIM set out to develop a new Tablet OS based on the acquired QNX Neutrino microkernel architecture. QNX Neutrino has been field hardened for years and is being used to support mission-critical applications in everything from planes, trains and automobiles to medical equipment and the largest core routers that run the Internet.
The PlayBook features a 1GHz Dual-Core CPU and together with the QNX OS the Tablet offers tryue symmetric multiprocessing. RIM also packs support of support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR and HTML-5 into the PlayBook.
For those BlackBerry PlayBook users who carry a BlackBerry smartphone, it will also be possible to pair their tablet and smartphone using a secure Bluetooth connection. This means they can opt to use the larger tablet display to seamlessly and securely view any of the email, BBM, calendar, tasks, documents and other content that resides on (or is accessible through) their smartphone. They can also use their tablet and smartphone interchangeably without worrying about syncing or duplicating data. This secure integration of BlackBerry tablets and smartphones is a particularly useful feature for those business users who want to leave their laptop behind.
Watch the preview video of the PlayBook below.
Key features and specifications of the BlackBerry PlayBook include:
• 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
• 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
• Ultra thin and portable:
o Measures 5.1”x7.6”x0.4” (130mm x 193mm x 10mm)
o 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.
RIM is not kidding around with their Tablet strategy. If they are able to execute and get developer support the PlayBook can become one of the bestselling Tablets in 2011. Of course in 2011 the Android 3.0 Tablets based on NVIDIA Tegra will also be on the market. Additionally the iPad is going to extend its market domination this fall as RIM is not able to offer the PlayBook this year. You can see a video and more photos of the PlayBook on this PlayBook mini-site.