RIM, makers of BlackBerry mobile devices today unveiled its new professional-grade BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet that is powered by new BlackBerry Tablet OS and features a vivid 7-inch high resolution display with a hopes to take on Apple’s iPad business customers.
The BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet is designed to give users uncompromised web browsing, true multitasking and high performance multimedia, while also providing advanced security features, out-of-the-box enterprise support and a breakthrough development platform for IT departments and developers.
The BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet is ultra portable, ultra thin and super convenient for both work and play and it measures less than half an inch thick and weighing less than a pound or 400 gms to be precise and features a vivid 7-inch high resolution WSVGA 1024 x 600 resolution capacitive touch screen with full multi-touch and gesture support.
The new BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is powered by a 1 GHz dual-core processor and the new BlackBerry Tablet OS which supports true symmetric multiprocessing and includes 1GB RAM, Wi-Fi – 802.11 a/b/g/N wireless LAN connectivity, and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR wireless connectivity.
The new BlackBerry PlayBook also features Dual HD cameras – a 3.0 megapixel front facing camera for video calling and a 5 MP rear facing camera for high-resolution still picture capture and full 1080p HD video recording. The device also includes HDMI video output for direct connection to HD home TV and sports microUSB for wired connectivity and charging contacts.
The PlayBook tablet also allows video playback supporting 1080p HD Video, H.264, MPEG, DivX, WMV and audio playback supporting MP3, AAC, WMA files.
Together, the abundant processing power and highly sophisticated OS enable the BlackBerry PlayBook to provide users with true multitasking and a highly-responsive and fluid touch screen experience for apps and content services.
BlackBerry PlayBook tablet provides customers with an uncompromising, high-fidelity web experience with active support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR and HTML-5 bedises offering the ability to enjoy all of the sites, games and media on the web.
In addition, the new BlackBerry PlayBook tablet helps brings the real, full web experience to mobile users while also opening new and more exciting opportunities for developers and content publishers.
The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet also features premium multimedia features that includes dual HD cameras for video capture and video conferencing that can both record full 1080p HD video at the same time, and an HDMI-out port for presenting one’s creations on external displays. In addition, the device also offers rich stereo sound and a media player that rivals the best in the industry.
For new Blackberry PlayBook tablet consumers who are existing users of BlackBerry Smartphone services, it will also be possible to pair their tablet and smartphone using a secure Bluetooth connection allowing them to 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.
Such users who owns both Blackberry tablet and smartphone can also use their tablet and smartphone interchangeably without worrying about syncing or duplicating data helping them secure integration of BlackBerry tablets and smartphones that is a particularly useful feature for those business users who want to leave their laptop behind.
One of the highlighted feature of the new tablet device is its compatibility with Blackberry Enterprise Server services. The new BlackBerry PlayBook tablet being enterprise ready and compatible right out-of-box with BlackBerry Enterprise Server allows users seamless and secure Bluetooth pairing experience and the highly secure underlying OS architecture.
When connected over Bluetooth, the smartphone content is viewable on the tablet, but the content actually remains stored on the BlackBerry smartphone and is only temporarily cached on the tablet and subject to IT policy controls enabling IT departments to deploy the BlackBerry PlayBook to employees out-of-the-box without worrying about all the security and manageability issues that arise when corporate data is stored on yet another device.
BlackBerry Tablet OS
The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is powered by new BlackBerry Tablet OS which is built upon the QNX Neutrino microkernel architecture, one of the most reliable, secure and robust operating system architectures in the world.
The new BlackBerry Tablet OS leverages and builds upon the many proven strengths of this QNX Neutrino architecture to support a professional grade tablet experience and to redefine the possibilities for mobile computing.
The BlackBerry Tablet OS will also support Java enabling developers to easily bring their existing BlackBerry 6 Java applications to the BlackBerry Tablet OS environment.
Key Features & Specifications of the BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet
- 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
- 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:
- Measures 5.1”x7.6”x0.4” (130mm x 193mm x 10mm)
- Weight – approximately 0.9 lb or 400 gms
RIM announced that some more additional features of the BlackBerry PlayBook will be shared on or before the date this tablet device is launched in retail outlets but surely indicated that it intends to also offer 3G and 4G models in the future.
“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.”
Price and Availability
The BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet is expected to be available in retail outlets and other channels in the United States in early 2011 followed by other international markets beginning in second quarter 2011.