Well it hasn’t been long since Research in Motion (RIM) left the world uninspired by its latest BlackBerry Torch 9800 mobile phone, but it seems the dust has had time to settle and now there’s a new product in the pipeline, which might just leave you a little more excited. The BlackBerry Tablet, now otherwise known as the “PlayBook”, is a business-centric tablet, as you might have expected, announced today at RIM’s developer event.
So what does this venture into the tablet market, the same market that HP exec Todd Bradley today claimed will be worth $40billion, bring to the table that the likes of the Apple iPad and potentially the HP Slate or Galaxy Tab don’t?
Well, each run a different OS and each will have their own division of the market, for example we would expect that the PlayBook will target business users, whilst the iPad is more of an entertainment device and the HP Slate purely for developers as far as we know right now. So, seeing as we’re talking about the PlayBook, let’s focus on the software driving what is essentially the latest BlackBerry.
Firstly, and perhaps most importantly in getting one over on Apple, the brand new BlackBerry Tablet OS, QNX, supports not just multitasking, but multiprocessing, and whilst this depends a lot on the competency of developers and the management of resources, it is unlikely that it will be implemented badly, so we can all look forward to some excellent functionality which surpasses anything pretty much any other tablet, even those unlikely concept ones, can offer.
In terms of UI, the initial impressions from promo videos are hugely impressive, with a clean and polished interface with a simplistic layout, attractive, almost ‘coverflow’ style app switching and what looks like a dock milling about at the bottom…
Now let’s talk spec, as this is where it really gets interesting. Hardware-wise it again exceeds the competition, housing a dual core 1GHz processor inside its, compared to the iPad, diminutive enclosure sporting a 7″ LCD display capable of full multi-touch and gesture support and a resolution of 1024 x 600.
With regards to the internals though, it also boasts 1GB of RAM as well as an impressive array of ports and connectivity, such as HDMI-out, MicroHDMI and MicroUSB in addition to Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and plans to release 3G and 4G capable versions down the line. Interestingly, there are dual HD cameras on the device, capable of 1080p video recording, with the rear facing boasting 5MP and the front facing a still respectable 3MP.
Going back to the software before I wrap it up, another impressive, noteworthy feature of the PlayBook is the compatibility with not only HTML-5, Adobe Mobile AIR, Java, OpenGL, but also Flash 10.1, so there is yet another stab in the ‘i’ for Apple.
So let’s sum up, shall we? Spec-wise it’s fantastic, ridiculously powerful for such a device at this point, but with multiprocessing it is all necessary. Aesthetically it conforms to the apparent De Facto standard for the current crop of tablets, which is unsurprising. Connectivity is in abundance and with 4G models to come in the USA, it is only going to get better and faster.
What do you think to the idea of a RIM Blackberry Tablet? Do you welcome more competition into the tablet market or is this just another tablet device (luxury toy) which there is no real need for?
Via – Engadget