RIM Announces The BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet
Tablets are anywhere nowadays, and RIM would like to join the party.
BlackBerry PlayBook will be RIM’s flagship tablet, targeted for business, but also for pleasure.
The specs are certainly impressive with a powerful 1GHz dual core processor, 1GB of RAM, true multi-tasking, two HD cameras, full 1080p HD playback in widescreen, and a complete web experience with HTML5 and Flash 10.1.
Since one of the BlackBerry strongest areas is in security – the new tablet will use the same security principals, and for enterprise organizations with BlackBerry strategy – the tablet will also provide a smooth integration with BlackBerry smartphones via Bluetooth.
Here are some Specs:
- 7″ LCD display, 1024 x 600 screen resolution
- 5.1″ x 7.6″ x 0.4″ (130mm x 194mm x 10mm) – that’s Less than half an inch thick
- 0.9 lbs (400g)
- Multi-touch capacitive screen
- 1 GHz dual-core processor (Symmetrical dual-core processing)
- 1GB RAM
- Built-in microUSB connector, Micro HDMI, and DLNA media streaming
- Wi-Fi® 802.11 a/b/g/n
- 3 MP high definition forward-facing camera
- 5 MP high definition rear-facing camera
- Codec support for superior media playback, creation and video calling
- 1080p HD video; H.264, MPEG4, WMV HDMI video output
Missing: GPS,3G (no direct cellular network although you can connect it to your BlackBerry smartphone via Bluetooth).
It’s interesting to mention that unlike the iPad or Android based tablets – the BlackBerry PlayBook will not run BlackBerry OS. Instead, it will be relying on a completely different operating system from a company called QNX Software (recently bought by RIM, provider of products used in BMW’s and the USA Armies Crusher tank as well as in Cisco Systems Inc., General Electric Co. and Caterpillar Inc).
The name of the new OS is called BlackBerry Tablet OS – and since we haven’t seen anything significant from it yet – there is little that we know about how it will look like, besides the fact it will have a strong, built-in multi-tasking support.
There are a lot of open questions:
We have yet to see a meaningful video demonstration. There are, many open questions that may bring success or failure to the BlackBerry PlayBook:
- How mature is the BlackBerry Tablet OS given that it’s version 1, no smartphone experience, etc.
- User Interface: you cannot compete with the iPad without an amazing user interface. We haven’t seen anything yet…
- Battery life – with such impressive specs, that could be a problematic area.
- Apps: is it going to be purely web (given that Flash and Html5 are supported)? Or Java? How many apps will be available when the product is officially released?
Those questions are still open, I’m sure we will get some answers soon, and the rest will be given in a few months. For now it looks like RIM has made a bold move forward.