Introducing: The BlackBerry PlayBook

Posted on September 28, 2010 by

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BlackBerry have finally quashed all of the rumours and speculations that have been flying around over the past few months with the introduction of the BlackBerry PlayBook, which they have hailed as “the first professional tablet” at their Developer Conference in San Francisco.

The industry is expecting tablets to take off significantly in the next few years, which is being supported by an influx of scaremongering reports indicating that netbook and notebook sales are in decline. Market research company iSuppli have predicted that Apple will ship 12.9 million iPads in 2010 alone. Apple currently dominate the tablet marketplace and have a market share of nearly 84% according to the research by iSuppli, so they are in desperate need of some solid competition… Enter, the PlayBook:

So what can we expect from BlackBerry’s device?

The BlackBerry Playbook has an impressive spec, the key points are highlighted below:

  • 7 inch LCD display with a 1024×600 screen res.
  • Built-in microUSB connector.
  • Multi-touch capacitive screen.
  • BlackBerry Tablet OS with true multitasking and on-screen keyboard.
  • Video Conferencing with HD display and rich stereo sound.
  • Forward and Rear facing cameras with 3MP and 5MP respectively.
  • 1080p HD video; H.264, MPEG4, WMV HDMI video output.
  • Micro USB, Micro HDMI, and DLNA media streaming.
  • Full Adobe Flash 10.1 enabled.
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor.
  • 1GB RAM.
  • Built-in support for HTML 5.

While we’re super specced up, there is no indication of the pricing structure for the tablet, which will be available in early 2011. Developers and press were also slightly disappointed that they were not able to get a hands-on look at the device, which was encased in thick Plexiglass at the event.

It is too early to tell how the BlackBerry PlayBook stacks up against Apple’s iPad, but we at MoRecNews are very interested to find out how the tablet war will progress, now there is some competitive land grabbing taking shape.

For more info regarding the PlayBook, you can visit BlackBerry’s website.