September 28, 2010 – The long awaited competitor to the Apple’s iPad is finally here. Introducing the BlackBerry Playbook. The latest from the RIM (Research in motion) products’ line boasts a 7″ LCD screen (1024 x 600 pixel dimension), Wide Super VGA, capacitive touch screen with full multi-touch and gesture support.
Its operating system is the all new BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing, a whooping 1 GHz dual-core processor which is the largest clock-speed so far in the market, 1 GB RAM, Dual High Definition cameras (3 MP front facing, 5 MP rear facing) which support 1080p HD video recording, Video playback at 1080p resolution High Definition Video that plays the MPEG, DivX, WMV formats, Audio playback in three of the most widely known formats namely MP3, AAC, WMA, HDMI video output meaning you can connect it to your TV screen, Wi-Fi capability, Bluetooth on Enhanced Data Rate technology that offers 3 megabits per second data transfer, Connectors: microHDMI, microUSB, charging contacts, an Open and flexible application platform with support for HTML-5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, POSIX (Portable Operating System Interface [for Unix]), OpenGL and last but not least, Java.
All this is fitted into an Ultra thin and portable package measuring just 5.1″x7.6″x0.4″ (130mm x 193mm x 10mm) in dimensions. It also tips the weighing scale quite minimally weighing in at less than a pound (approximately 0.9 lb or 400g).
Additional features and specifications of the BlackBerry PlayBook will be shared on or before the date this product is launched in retail outlets.
In April, RIM bought QNX, a company which had been working on the PlayBook operating system for at least a year. The QNX operating system has been deployed in cars, medical devices and other third party networking gear such as Cisco devices.
The QNX platform will support a Java virtual machine to apparently support many of the existing BlackBerry apps. This in inline with the plan to tether the BlackBerry Playbook using a BlackBerry handset via Bluetooth, remarkable isn’t it?
Developers will also be able to create apps using WebWorks, RIM’s new platform for developing web apps and packaging them for BlackBerry App World, the exclusive store for all BlackBerry Apps. And they’ll be able to build Adobe Air apps as well as 3-D applications that take advantage of the PlayBook’s support for Open GL which is the most widely adopted 2D and 3D graphics API in the industry.
The BlackBerry Playbook is expected to be released in the early half of 2011.