BlackBerry aims to take over the enterprise segment with the Playbook.
After months of speculations, BlackBerry has finally unveiled its tablet and it is not called the BlackPad, it is the Playbook - a tablet PC.
Research in Motion (RIM) President and co-CEO Mike Lazardis lifted the curtain off the new gadget at the BlackBerry Developer's Conference in San Francisco yesterday.
With a thickness of just 10 mm, sporting a 7-inch WSVGA capacitive touch screen with full multi-touch support, the Playbook runs the BlackBerry Tablet OS built on the robust, secure and reliable QNX Neutrino architecture with support for symmetric multiprocessing. Armed with a 1 GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB RAM, this does seem to be a powerful device. BlackBerry aims at making this the enterprise standard and has said that it supports Flash and device pairing and comes with out-of-the-box compatibility, thus not requiring any new data plans or new security.
Here are a few other details from the release.
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
Video playback: 1080p HD Video, H.264, MPEG, DivX, WMV
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 130mm x 193mm x 10mm
Weighs less than a pound (approximately 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.
It is expected to be available in early 2011 in the U.S. and will be made available internationally in the second quarter of that year. While the current model has Wi-Fi connectivity, BlackBerry has planned future models with 3G and 4G. Pricing details were not announced as of the time of this writing. Being marketed as an enterprise device takes away the thought of it being in competition with Apple's iPad, but it may be too early to write that off because we do not yet know about the device's capabilities and it is called the "Play"book. Take a look at the preview of the Playbook in the video below.