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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."

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    Comments 66 Comments
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Devilish4eveR View Post
      Hardware is always ahead of software. It's true that "it's not really needed", but on the other hand how many of us have 8 or more gigs or RAM in our Macs/PC's yet we don't really need it? It just feels good to have it!

      And it's always good to know that you can handle anything they through your way...
      With that new game engine (for some reason forgot the name) looks like it will be pushing it sometime in the near future though.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      It's 7" and runs an RIM OS. It's gonna suck. Plays 1080... Doesn't matter bc you can't tell the diff on a 7" screen with 600 pixel resolution anyways. People that complain about no USB port on the iPad.. What would you do with it?... iOS wouldn't know what to do with it anyways.
    1. SnowLeo's Avatar
      SnowLeo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      With that new game engine (for some reason forgot the name) looks like it will be pushing it sometime in the near future though.
      I believe your thinking of the unreal 3 game engine used to make gears of war 2 that was ported to ipad/iphone in epic citadel which by far is the most graphic intensive realistic 3d game out there

      @cer0- either way it means that it is possible for apple to create a 7 in ipad with the same resolution as the 10 in one.

      Sadly even with all this has to offer the fact of the matter is that of the PalmPad, PlayBook, and Galaxy Tab the ultimate reason one will end up choosing it over iPad 2 or iPad mini is if they offer a wifi-only version under $400
    1. hitman10's Avatar
      hitman10 -
      Oh wait, so is about when the ipad jailbreak is coming out? or did i post this in the wrong thread.
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Oh my God. Apple could learn a few things about how to make a tablet from RIM. I hate to say it, but Apple has been out-Appled this time around.

      Wait, I LOVE to say that. What was I talking about, haha

      Quote Originally Posted by hitman10 View Post
      Oh wait, so is about when the ipad jailbreak is coming out? or did i post this in the wrong thread.
      This
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      A camera, records video, has USB and HDMI connectivity, good hardware specs and they want you to tether it with your phone... watch out Apple!

      @hitman... the iPad has been jailbroken almost since its inception... or was that some kind of joke? It's the very first thing I did to mine.
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Anyone who says this doesn't look better than the iPad has been brainwashed by Apple. Tablets are not supposed to be, as Gizmodo once said, blown-up cell phones or shrunken-down PCs. They are supposed to be their own devices. And this is EXACTLY what this is. And it looks GOOD.

      Go RIM!
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by n00neimp0rtant View Post
      Anyone who says this doesn't look better than the iPad has been brainwashed by Apple. Tablets are not supposed to be, as Gizmodo once said, blown-up cell phones or shrunken-down PCs. They are supposed to be their own devices. And this is EXACTLY what this is. And it looks GOOD.

      Go RIM!
      It does look good indeed.

      Just curious about some more specs and details on it. Battery life, price point, etc. But hardware wise this thing is a real kick.
    1. sharpjunkie76's Avatar
      sharpjunkie76 -
      Competition is great but apple really isn't having any problems selling ipads. Now that iPad is available in all best buys, targets and apple stores, it will be even easier to obtain one for the masses. The iPad will be the hottest gift this Christmas hands down. Apple invents, other companies copy and add then apple re-invents. No one could have guessed how well the iPad is selling. It just plain works at what it does and that is why people buy it. I would rather have a 10 inch screen for apps, games and movies. I for one know better than to buy any 1st gen apple product so If iPad 2 comes with cameras, more ram, and a retina display then I'm sold. Then again its all about the apps in the end.
    1. Chris3k2's Avatar
      Chris3k2 -
      As much as I love apple devices, I have to admit the specs are pretty beasty. I've never had a blackberry so I can't say how good or bad the os will be with the specs. Hopefully this forces apple to at least do the same processor upgrade and ram for the iPad. But kudos to RIM.
    1. suade8880's Avatar
      suade8880 -
      As much as this device blows every tablets out of the water with specs..the most important thing is battery life. I'm curious to see how efficient this thing will run as a mobile device and not be disappointed as just one of those champions on paper only and nothing else.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Holy OM NOM NOM NOM!!! The specs are very impressive! *temptation*
    1. cadsii's Avatar
      cadsii -
      Quote Originally Posted by suade8880 View Post
      As much as this device blows every tablets out of the water with specs..the most important thing is battery life. I'm curious to see how efficient this thing will run as a mobile device and not be disappointed as just one of those champions on paper only and nothing else.
      finally someone with some brains...

      dual core = 1/2 battery... dont believe me just wait and see..


      1. Screen is only 7", I know i know, I do realize its doing higher resolution in a smaller display area, so higher DPI. But if it didn't have that 1.5" bezel around it, it might be impressive, like the samsung 7" tablet. Notice how in the preview video they don't show the Playbook at all till the end, bet they don't want you to see how chunky thing is.

      2. I bet Blackberry is going to market the dual core processor like crazy, why because it's the first tablet on the market to have one. But lets really think about it, 2x the power = 1/2 battery ? We'll have to wait and see how this compares to the 10 hour battery on the iPad.

      3. I've seen the commercials for the Torch, and i've use it first hand. Quick Editing can make a Celeron looks nice and quick. I wan't to have the same experience as advertised not like i saw with the Torch.

      4. Release date of next year ? There's going to be a lot more competition out there in 2011.
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      i will wait for ipad2 lol.
    1. siakol02's Avatar
      siakol02 -
      with no 3g this sucks!
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      1GB of ram would be very nice
    1. sh33436's Avatar
      sh33436 -
      from what i read it looks like some good old fashion comp for apple.
    1. TheReliq's Avatar
      TheReliq -
      Sounds like Apple has to worry about PeeWee's PlayBook now along with all of it's toys as well. :-p. Good competition though. I'm dying to see what Steve comes up with next. :-D
    1. MikePA's Avatar
      MikePA -
      Quote Originally Posted by flamedleaf View Post
      lol for jailbreaking just simply get frash its that simple...
      You've obviously never used frash. It's all but worthless, unless seeing a few flash based advertisements on websites is your thing.
    1. iJake's Avatar
      iJake -
      PlayBook for the business environment will be a plus. Security will not be an issue if it's also managed by the BES. Well done RIM.