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New BlackBerry Playbook Unveiled : Price & Specs

Posted by on Sep 28, 2010 | 31 Comments

The creators of the popular Blackberry phone, Research In Motion (RIM) unveiled the new BlackBerry PlayBook tablet which is said to be the first serious competitor for the iPad and tons of other Android based tablets. The PlayBook has a seven-inch, multi-touch display and designed as a high-powered browsing device with both a WebKit browser as well as Flash 10.1 and AIR support.

Black Berry PlayBook

Blackberry PlayBook can play most of the newer video formats and also has a microUSB connection which will let you to connect external devices or hard drives. Also, it has a HDMI video output so that you can connect it to your HDTV to watch movies on it. It also supports Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1.

PlayBook is built on the QNX Neutrino microkernel architecture and weights only 0.9lbs (400g) that makes it easier to carry around, unlike the Apple iPad which is bulky. The Blackberry Playbook improves browsing experience with an Adobe Flash 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, WebKit/HTML5 compliant browser, Adobe Reader, POSIX, OpenGL, and Java.

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Blackberry will have a 7″ Multi-touch capacitive screen LCD display with screen resolution of 1024×600 pixels and is just 9.7mm thick.  With support for symmetric multiprocessing, the Blackberry Playbook will run on the Blackberry Tablet OS. Also, it has Dual HD Cameras: 3 MP front facing and 5MP rear facing. It runs on a 1 GHz dual-core processor and packs in 1GB RAM.

Key features and specifications of the BlackBerry PlayBook:

  • BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing
  • Ultra thin and portable:
  • Weighs less than a pound (approximately 0.9 lb or 400g)
  • Measures 5.1”x7.6”x0.4” (130mm x 193mm x 10mm)
  • 7” LCD, 1024 x 600, WSVGA, capacitive touch screen with full multi-touch and gesture support
  • 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
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Video playback: 1080p HD Video, H.264, MPEG, DivX, WMV
  • Dual HD cameras (3 MP front facing, 5 MP rear facing), supports 1080p HD video recording
  • Open, flexible application platform with support for WebKit/HTML-5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, POSIX, OpenGL, Java

Availability and price detail of Blackberry Play Book:

The BlackBerry PlayBook is expected to be available in retail outlets in the USA in early 2011 and will be available in other countries in the second quarter of 2011. So, Indian people should wait till the 2nd Quarter 2011 to place your hand on the new PlayBook from Blackberry.

To start development and early testing efforts, RIM will begin working with developers and select corporate customers next month. The BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK is intended for release in the coming weeks and developers can register for early access at www.blackberry.com/developers/tabletos. RIM also plans to also offer 3G and 4G models in the future.

Price detail about the Blackberry Playbook is not yet declared. However, it is predictable to be cheap and placed in the lower end of the tablet market.

BlackBerry PlayBook Hands-On also compared to iPad) video from Youtube:

BlackBerry PlayBook – Preview video from Youtube:


31 comments

  1. bravo says:

    @looks exciting:
    Hmmm, if I wanted a 7 inch tablet, I would have gotten one already… So iPad clones, don’t just copy Apple!

  2. matt says:

    People hated using their blackberries compared to iPhones and iPads. So now people are going to love to use a different version of their blackberries? Nope.

    They will sell a few of these, but we still need to see 1) battery life, 2) Price, 3) usability.

    Price will probably be awful and I think the device will be pretty awful to use. There is no other reason to announce this thing today so far in advance of ship aside from trying to keep business users from jumping to iPad, and I dont see how today’s announcement will keep anyone waiting around until March or April of 2011 for a playbook.

    at least the Adobe CEO still gets around.

  3. lolo says:

    FAIL..why ? this product is been rushed in the market because RIM is afraid to be left behind. They should focus on making a phone that can compete with the Iphone, then maybe, MAAAAAAAYBEEEE, they’ll have a chance to beat Apple’s Ipad.

  4. kens says:

    With a name like PlayBook, it doesn’t sound very businessy. Does Blackberry remember who their customers are?

    I would have expected a BusinessBook, not a PlayBook, which sounds an awful lot like PlayBoy. Why create that verbal association?

    So, what’s the price and what’s the battery life like for that dual-core chip? BTW, is it a Tegra or is it something else?

  5. edward says:

    Just amazing that the Apple nutjobs can’t even accept that something could actually be better than a fucking apple.

  6. willson says:

    hey henry,
    will the bullies at facebook sue RIM for calling it “BOOK”
    and you have not yet commented on whether facebook is an investor in SAI
    i remember some connection a few years ago

  7. Celina says:

    For all those talking about this not being as good as an iPad or a BlackBerry not being as good as an iPhone… I would like to remind you that RIM caters first to business users… and they still own that market. When it comes to email and enterprise business-capable devices, Apple sucks big time, and BlackBerry is (by far) the leader.

    They seem to be this one right… make it business, tie it to the BES servers and BlackBerry that business users already have… looks good, sounds good. I am looking forward to one of these for my own work.

  8. ravjeet says:

    what’s the price and what’s the battery life like for that dual-core chip? BTW, is it a Tegra or is it something else?

  9. chilly says:

    I was hoping based on Balsillie’s hypes during the earnings call that there would be a live demo of at least the most basic features and functions to give a sense of how it looks, feels, and works and above all some credibility to their promises. Remember the “quantum leap” reference made about Torch, which turned out to be an outdated and outclassed piece of crap. Sorry, but some mock-up slides just won’t cut it.

    These guys are selling nothing but the sizzle in a desperate attempt to stem the tide of huge customer defection to Apple. Expect months of delay and full of bugs if or when they release it.

  10. brian says:

    It will be interesting to see how they price the “Playbook”. I think that will play a large roll in how successful the launch is. I created a poll to see what other people think. It is at interaskit.com. Here is the link – http://www.interaskit.com/viewPublicPoll.php?PollID=658

  11. paul r says:

    Rosebeth and Blackberry will continue to work together, this is yet another powerful business tool.
    Worth the wait!

  12. sanish says:

    ‘RIM’s iPad clone’, eh? Well that’s a fair and objective way for businessinsider.com to introduce a company’s new product. Because of course Apple invented tablets/slates didn’t they – so anything similar must be a ‘clone’, right? No, wait, they didn’t.

  13. bebo says:

    Yeah, the more the merrier, however I don’t like when you can buy a better laptop for less money.

  14. jyotsna says:

    No kidding! Looking at the PB’s ‘multitasking’ all I see is webOS…

  15. punam says:

    Actually, I’d have to say that this looks pretty phenominal. Guess we’ll have to wait until it’s seen in person, but the videos look like the UI is buttery smooth. Nice going, RIM!

  16. boom says:

    I agree in a way. That does look like what HP should have done with webOS. But I will say that Blackberry is not REALLY copying. There are few ways to make a multitasking centric OS without the card style app switching.

  17. debina says:

    Completely agree, we need all the big players in this market to keep the others honest, look how quickly the smartphone market is progressing now that we have all the major companies in it.

  18. anderson says:

    I get the feeling when the dust settles.. it’ll just be Android, Blackberry, and iOS as the major players. Windows 7 is too little too late and they don’t have the brand recognition in the mobile market that Blackberry does nor do they have the business user base.

  19. Cerrsa says:

    this reminds me of something that came out a while ago.. hmmm what is it what is it… oh yeah the Ipad 😀 innovate don’t recreate

  20. Justine says:

    hahaha thats funny…. “innovate don’t recreate” please… do you think that RIM just pulled this out of thin air….. RIM along with a dozen or more manufacturers have been working on tablets for years… yes Apple were first to market with the Ipad but maybe thats why its under spec`ed over priced and so limited…..

  21. gajanand says:

    omg ipad was NOT first to market, there were tons out BEFORE, people just don’t notice because they’re tarded

  22. shilpa says:

    LOL! You’re absolutely right! Let one company alone have a monopoly on the product they make! That way we’ll all have the exact same things, and we’ll all be the Jones’ – there won’t be any one to keep up with and we’ll be like “Stepford” People! Yeah! That’s what I want outta life, don’t you???

  23. momo says:

    if the Playbook is to the iPad what the blackberry phones are to the iPhone, this will be a good tablet, with productivity and some social feature support.

    People with business in mind love the Blackberrys, the apps and the full integration (almost) with Outlook/Exchange server. Apple really is not up to par with the full support of MS Office apps (read Outlook and Exchange).

    Even the so called bad press of RIM with issues with countries like the UAE, India etc.. has a positive spin.. they are indeed a secure platform for business data.

    Being an owner of a blackberry AND an iPad, I have to say that I will buy one of the playbook, if just to try it and see how it compares with the iPad. I love most of the aspect of the iPad except for the poor integration with professional business apps and the lack of stuff like a camera.. it is a device that REQUIRES a camera if it wants to replace our laptops on trips.

    I hope RIM will deliver what it promises with this.

  24. Lover says:

    Hold on. This iPad look-alike is business-generating, but the iPad isn’t? C’mon. RIM, you’re going to have to do better than “me too” efforts. That’s the MS game, and it isn’t working for them.

  25. jolly dave says:

    I don’t think any one should knock RIM. They’ve already one-upped Apple by providing a similar design and idea with better features (ahem multitasking). Hopefully this will shut every yuppy douchebag iPad owner up about their piece of crap toy. I’m definitely getting one.

  26. ayesha says:

    Just a suggestion, don’t make it very expensive. Sell it a bit cheaper than the iPad if you can. I am all for Blackberry and this new PlayBook. BlackBerry and RIM rocks.

  27. yakku says:

    I cant wait to get this!!!! Im a huge mac fan… I use a BlackBerry for biz though. The ipad should have come out with these features from the start… But as usual, they come out with the basic, then once everyone buys it…. The upgrade it with features and then sell more…. However, i dont think they were expecting BB to come out with such a SEXY looking machine!!! Im buying it!!! I just hope the finish is as nice as the ipad. I dont like plastic, or chrome plated plastic.

  28. robin says:

    I’m pretty excited about this from a developer’s standpoint. I won’t hate on Apple because they rushed their product out to market (and no, they weren’t in the tablet market first — they stole the idea from Asia) but I can say that the openness of this new tablet makes for more creative development platform. I, for one, cannot wait until CES…

  29. radon says:

    it’s coming out in 2011 apple will have multi tasking in nov and a new 7 inch size by jan. To little to late wack berry..

  30. raval says:

    Finally something to be excited about! Finally a great product to talk about…the torch, revised bold or OS6 was a waste of time. Yes, there is hope and RIM has a pulse. Alive and possibly not lost in some “Nokia/Motorola” world of mediocrity. NOW IS THE OPPORTUNTIY to get drop OS6, climb back on top of the cutting edge and release some nice handsets with this new OS! Capture the holiday market and increase application developer attention and production….this is your opportunity RIM…GRAB IT!!!

  31. Thomas says:

    Eat your hearts out apple fans. Your all just pissed because RIM has killed the iPad. Don’t embarrass yourself’s by comparing this to the iPad, completely different. It would be like comparing apples to oranges. Radon I don’t care what fapple comes out with by Jan, they should have launched the first gen iPad with USB, cameras, and all the things that will come standard on First Gen PlayBooks. Just the fact that I can seamlessly intergrate it with my Curve is more than enough for me. RIM has always dominated the market for biz users, and they always will.

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