RIM CEO Mike Lazaridis Unveils BlackBerry Playbook Tablet: Video
BlackBerry DEVCON 2010: BlackBerry PlayBook, RIM Tablet, Video
The long awaited announcement of a Research In Motion Blackberry tablet finally took place. RIM Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis took the stage at the BlackBerry DEVCON developers conference in San Francisco to unveil the BlackBerry PlayBook.
RIM set out to engineer the best professional-grade tablet in the industry with cutting-edge hardware features and one of the world’s most robust and flexible operating systems,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. “The BlackBerry PlayBook solidly hits the mark with industry leading power, true multitasking, uncompromised web browsing and high performance multimedia.”
BlackBerry Playbook Technical Specifications
The BlackBerry Playbook is loaded with features. Here is a breakdown of some of the technical specifications
- 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
- Micro USB, Micro HDMI, and DLNA media streamin
- Full computing power in a tablet format
- 1 GHz dual-core processor
- 1GB RAM
- Symmetrical dual-core processing
- Rapid development environment
- Reliable BlackBerry Tablet OS, powered by QNX technology
- Supports POSIX OS, SMP, Open GL, BlackBerry® 6, WebKit, Adobe® Flash®, Java® and Adobe AIR
- Video Conferencing similar to Apple Facetime
- Out-of-the-box compatibility with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server
- Seamless pairing for a secure window into your BlackBerry® smartphone
- 3G access via existing BlackBerry smartphone service plan
- Corporate data access
- Secure and manageable
- On-screen keyboard
- 7" LCD display, 1024 x 600 screen resolution
- 5.1" x 7.6" x 0.4" (130mm x 194mm x 10mm)
- 0.9 lbs (400g)
- Built-in microUSB connector
- Multi-touch capacitive screen
- Wi-Fi® 802.11 a/b/g/n
A lot of critics have been making the case that BlackBerry has increasingly become the also ran to Apple but with the introduction of this tablet it could make inroads.
The challenge for RIM is two-fold - making development on the BlackBerry platform as elegant as it is on the Apple platform. And improving the user experience for downloading apps from the BlackBerry app store which is, frankly, clunky.
The BlackBerry PlayBook will be shipped to developers and some corporate customers in October and will be available for sale in 2011.
There is no word on the price of the new RIM BlackBerry Playbook.