Research in Motion, RIM (now just BlackBerry) unveiled PlayBook Tablet in 2010. BlackBerry PlayBook was seen at launch by many as RIM’s attempt to take its place in the very popular tablet space. So far, it has not lived up to expectation, but it is not a total failure. BlackBerry PlayBook is an ultra portable, ultra thin tablet with enough power to support real multi-tasking. And you can buy it at an affordable price.
BlackBerry PlayBook also boasts of integration with Blackberry smartphones, dual-HD camera, and impressive multimedia performance. BlackBerry PlayBook is available in four models PlayBook Wi-Fi and PlayBook Wi-Fi + WiMax models announced late 2010 and PlayBook Wi-Fi + HSPA+ and PlayBook Wi-Fi + LTE models offering 4G like speed announced in February 2011.
Hardware and OS
BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet offers a good performance with 1GHz dual-core processor and a 1GB RAM. It comes with the QNX-based BlackBerry Tablet OS, which is optimised for a great tablet experience. The BlackBerry Tablet OS combines with the powerful processor to deliver true multi-tasking to users. BlackBerry Tablet OS also promises are user-friendly interface.
7-inch display with dual-HD camera
BlackBerry PlayBook features a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen display. The display features multi-touch with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. The BlackBerry PlayBook features two cameras, a 5 megapixels rear facing camera and a 3 megapixels front facing camera for video conferencing. Both cameras are capable of HD recording.
BlackBerry Integration & Enterprise support
The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet can be paired with a BlackBerry smartphone via a secure Bluetooth connection. This will enable users of BlackBerry smartphones to view contents of their smartphone with the larger display of the PlayBook tablet without actually transferring the data to the PlayBook tablet. Once the connection is ended, no trace of the data will be found on the BlackBerry PlayBook. This will make it easy for IT department to deploy BlackBerry PlayBook without increased security risks.
Network, Data, and Internet browsing
The first models of the BlackBerry PlayBook will support data connections via Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and WiMax. They will lack cellular, but RIM has announced 4G models supporting 4G LTE and HSPA+ models. BB PlayBook can also be connected 3G networsk using your BB Smartphone as a modem. BlackBerry PlayBook will offer full web browsing experience with support for HTML5 and Adobe Flash 10.1.
The BlackBerry PlayBook supports 1080p HD video recording. The video is accompanied with quality stereo sound. BlackBerry PlayBook features HDMI out to enable users view HD contents via larger displays.
So far, RIM has been silent on a BlackBerry e-reader app for the PlayBook Tablet. However, industry giant, Amazon has announced that a Kindle e-reader app will be available for BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet before its launch. Kobo, another global ereading service has also announced plans for its Kobo ereader app to be preloaded on the BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet
Price and availability
BlackBerry Playbook is currently available in Nigeria. Prices in Nigeria for BlackBerry PlayBook 16GB, PlayBook 32GB, PlayBook 64GB are N22,500, N29,000, and N35,000 respectively for the Wi-Fi only models.
Features and specs of BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet
RIM will release more information in future, for now here are some of the features of the BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet.
- Dimension: 130mm x 194mm x 10mm
- Weight: 425g
- PlayBook OS: BlackBerry Tablet OS (based on QNX Neutrino)
- 1GB RAM
- 1 GHz dual-core processor
- Video playback: 1080p HD Video, H.264, MPEG, DivX, WMV
- Audio playback: MP3, AAC, WMA
- Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
- full multi-touch and gesture support
- HDMI ports
- Dual-HD Camera