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  • RIM Reveals its BlackBerry PlayBook with Some "Flash"

    As we reported last week, RIM - makers of the BlackBerry smartphone - have unveiled this week their long awaited answer to the iPad. Research in Motion was initially expected to call the 7-inch multi-touch tablet a "BlackPad." But on Monday, Mike Lazardis, president and co-CEO of RIM, unveiled the BlackBerry "PlayBook," which clearly takes aim at the Apple product that, until now, has largely dominated the tablet marketplace without a legitimate competitor.

    "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 Lazardis. "The BlackBerry PlayBook solidly hits the mark with industry leading power, true multitasking, uncompromised Web browsing and high performance multimedia."

    Much like the BlackBerry smartphone, the BlackBerry tablet is all about "business," as the device will be heavily marketed to the corporate and business community. Among a multitude of attributes, it comes with a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, and two HD cameras. It will be 9.7mm thick and sport both HDMI and USB ports. Perhaps best of all for digital media junkies, the tablet offers 1080p resolution video playback.

    Interestingly enough, Shantanu Narayen, the chief executive of Adobe, joined Lazaridis for the roll out of the "Playbook." Why? You guessed it. The device will be compatible and friendly toward Adobe’s Flash software - something we all know Apple and its products are not.

    Initially, the PlayBook won't deliver integrated 3G or 4G data connectivity, although that will eventually change. For now, PlayBook users can enjoy their device over Wi-Fi or via connection with a BlackBerry smartphone. Unfortunately, despite initial reports of the RIM tablet being released before Christmas, the holiday season will not see the "PlayBook." Instead, the company won't roll out the tablet to retail outlets in the US until "early 2011."

    This article was originally published in forum thread: RIM Reveals its BlackBerry PlayBook with Some "Flash" started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 66 Comments
    1. Daps's Avatar
      Daps -
      I guess outputting to 1080p is a good thing but if you save a 1080p full length movie you'll need a lot of space. Either way it's a nice option to have but I rather use my PS3 and big screen if I want full head on 1080p.

      720p is fine for me on such a small device. Heck I'm satisfied with the resolution on the videos I converted for my iPhone3G/4

      I saw on engaget someone held an iPad up to the Playbook, my goodness the iPad looks huge.

      I guess I'm one of the few who wouldn't mind a 7" tablet.

      Playbook definite has my attention, it's going to have to have a RDP client app and Netflix for me to really consider it but I think the main thing
      is going to be

      #1 Price Price Price, if it cost $499 then I don't see it being a fast mover.

      #2 Apps & UI . If developers don't develop for it or the UI is bad it's a no go

      #3 Battery. With the specs given If it can do 8hr video or web without charging I think it'll do fine. 3hrs and I'm taking my netbook on my flights
    1. domaid's Avatar
      domaid -
      Really liking the look of that device pairing would like to see something like that integrated into the ipad
    1. resp3ct's Avatar
      resp3ct -
      It's gonna take Rim a long time to reach their target, apple is way ahead with it's smart devices
      Go Apple
    1. lightfighter's Avatar
      lightfighter -
      With dual core processor batt life will be around 4 hrs. Doing nothing
      RIM os sucks and apps are going to be limited

      Apple could always do a better job. The whole flash issue is just plain stupid
    1. Daps's Avatar
      Daps -
      Why would battery life be around 4hrs because it's a dual core? I really doubt it will be because of the processor, the 2nd core is only used when needed.

      As for flash, I don't think Apple is going to ever bow down and allow it but that's the beauty of these other devices. At least you have other choices.

      Notion Ink looks like they are on schedule for a end of the year early 2011 release.
    1. lightfighter's Avatar
      lightfighter -
      Dual proc in regards to battery life. Will depend on crappy apps which there will be many of those on that wack *** OS it's Runningf