2008 & 2009 may were all about netbooks but now it is all about the tablet. All the big players seem to be releasing one, Dell, Acer, Samsung, Onkyo, HP and Archos are all releasing them so it is no surpise that BlackBerry are jumping on the bandwagon.
Named the PlayBook, the BlackBerry Tablet has some pretty impressive stats not to mention some good looks.
The specification is currently:
- 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)
- Weighs less than a pound (approximately 0.9 lb or 400g)
- RIM intends to also offer 3G and 4G models in the future.
The fact that the PlayBook will play 1080p HD video, and comes equipped with an HDMI port certainly makes it sound appealing. However its main downside could very well be the development of yet ANOTHER mobile operating system, this time developed by QNX and named the BlackBerry Tablet OS.
There is no definite release or price but hopefully it should be launched early 2011.