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Anxious to get your thumbs on Research In Motion’s (RIM) first BlackBerry tablet, the PlayBook?

Yeah. Me too. That’s why, over the past couple of weeks, I scrounged the Web for every single detail on the 7″, 1024×600 BlackBerry tablet that I could find, no matter how miniscule, so that I could highlight the ten most relevant features and related PlayBook-facts into this one, simple post.

Unfortunately, two of the most important pieces of information regarding the BlackBerry PlayBook are still unknown:

1) When exactly the PlayBook will become available and

 2) How much its various versions will cost.

 New rumors suggest a version of the PlayBook will sell for less than $500, and that it should arrive stateside in the first quarter of 2011. But that’s all unofficial for now.

Thankfully, there’s plenty we do currently know about the PlayBook. Check out what I’ve found to be the ten most notable BlackBerry PlayBook features and facts.

1) PlayBook Storage: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB

RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will be available with at least three different storage-capacities: 16GB, 32GB and 64GBs, according to RIM Co-CEO Jim Balsillie. I’ve also heard some rumblings about an 8GB PlayBook, but I’ve seen nothing official on this from RIM.

Balsillie reportedly told Bloomberg recently that a sub-$500 version of the PlayBook will go on sale in the first quarter of 2011. That version will presumably be the PlayBook with the least storage capacity, be it 8GB or 16GB, but again, RIM hasn’t made any sort of official statement on storage capacities, release dates or prices.

2) PlayBook Color Options

RIM officially announced the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet at its third annual BlackBerry Developer Conference in San Francisco last September, where event attendees were able to get a look at the tablet–though the display PlayBooks were encased in plastic and could not be touched.

One thing was clear from the PlayBooks on display at DevCon: RIM will offer the BlackBerry tablet in a handful of color options including the default black and a turquoise-blue. Those were the only two PlayBook colors at DevCon, but PlayBooks could be released in most of the colors of the rainbow before long.

3) No Stand-Alone PlayBook Cellular Connectivity…Yet

The initial versions of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will not have internal cellular radios. As such, you’ll need to wirelessly “tether” your PlayBook to a BlackBerry with a cellular data connection for cellular wireless connectivity.

This fact could be viewed as both a good- and a bad-thing; it’s good because you won’t need to pay any monthly service bills or sign any new wireless contracts for the PlayBook; but on the flipside, it’s not exactly ideal because you’ll have to tote both your BlackBerry and PlayBook whenever you desire cellular connectivity via tablet. And you’ll need to connect the two, via Bluetooth, to use cellular wireless.

Future versions of BlackBerry tablets are expected to have internal cellular radios.

 

4) BlackBerry PlayBook is a Processor Powerhouse

The BlackBerry PlayBook packs some serious processing power. The PlayBook’s 1GHz, dual-core processor is one of, if not the, most powerful processors available in a modern tablet. And that extra “ooomph”, if you will, should help provide the PlayBook with impressive multitasking and media-streaming experiences, as well as stand up to a variety of additional processor-intensive tasks.

5) BlackBerry PlayBook Wi-Fi

RIM’s PlayBook tablet may not pack an internal cellular radio, but it should have Wi-Fi locked down; the BlackBerry PlayBook supports not only the common Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g standards, but also the newer, more reliable 802.11n wireless. The 802.11n Wi-Fi supposedly offers better building and surface penetration for better “inside” wireless.

6) BlackBerry PlayBook is “Enterprise-Ready”

The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is “CIO and enterprise-ready,” according to RIM’s website. What exactly that means is somewhat unclear, since RIM hasn’t detailed the process of connecting the PlayBook to a BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES)–if it does connect directly to BES; the tablet may only connect to BES via a BlackBerry smartphone.

Regardless, RIM promises “out-of-the-box compatibility” with BES; seamless and secure pairing with BlackBerry smartphones; corporate data access, and the PlayBook will be completely manageable by IT.

7) PlayBook Sports Two Cameras; HD Video Capture

The BlackBerry PlayBook’s front-facing 3.0-megapixel camera is meant for video conferencing, while the 5.0-megapixel digital shooter on its rear-side is better suited for everyday picture taking. Both cameras are capable of capturing HD-quality video. The tablet offers a variety of video-output formats, including H.264, MPEG4, WMV HDMI. And the PlayBook also has micro USB and micro HDMI ports for transferring media.

8) BlackBerry Tablet Supports Full Flash 10.1

Unlike one particularly popular tablet today (think: Apple), RIM’s PlayBook will fully support Adobe’s Flash 10.1, in addition to a variety of other Web technologies, including HTML 5, when it hits the market. That makes it “ideal for games, media, apps and everything the real Internet offers,” according to RIM.

More specifically, you’ll be able to view all those Flash YouTube videos you love so much via PlayBook without any sort of separate app.

9) PlayBook Will Run New “BlackBerry Tablet OS”

The BlackBerry PlayBook won’t run the same mobile OS that powers RIM’s current crop of smartphones; rather, the PlayBook will get its own, brand new RIM software called the “BlackBerry Tablet OS.”

BlackBerry Tablet OS is built on a foundation from QNX, a software company RIM acquired last spring, and it should provide a “fresh” new BlackBerry experience. Adobe is also contributed to the BlackBerry Tablet OS. And rumor suggests some version of this new RIM/QNX/Adobe software could eventually make it to BlackBerry smartphones.

10) PlayBook Tablet Packs 5300mAh Battery

The battery inside RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook is a rather generous, 5300mAh cell. That should translate into some impressive battery life, especially since RIM and BlackBerry smartphones have always been known for their better-than-average batteries.

More specifically, RIM’s most recent smartphone with the best battery life, the BlackBerry Bold 9700, ships with a 1550mAh battery. It’s difficult to compare power consumption of these two gadgets since they feature completely different hardware and software, but the fact that the PlayBook’s battery has more than three times the capacity of its longest-performing smartphone bodes well for BlackBerry tablet life. (The PlayBook is probably going to need all the battery-capacity it can get, as well, since Flash 10.1, mentioned above, is a notorious battery-hog.)

Unfortunately, that battery pack does not appear to be removable–a first on any BlackBerry device, at least that I know of.

Here are the six things you’ve got to know about the BlackBerry Playbook interface:

  • There are no buttons on the bezel. Everything’s done by swipes from the edge of the screen.
  • Swiping upwards brings up a home screen of sorts, with an app tray on the bottom and thumbnails for currently open apps on top.
  • Flicking those open apps upwards shuts them down completely.
  • Swiping to the left or right from any open app brings up a different multitasking menu that only shows each app in nearly full-screen.
  • Swiping diagonally from the bottom-left corner brings up a virtual keyboard.
  • Swiping down inside the Web browser shows all open tabs in thumbnail view, so you can check on the progress of any loading pages.

as said by Al Sacco

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BlackBerry PlayBook will cost you less than $500

 

    BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) plans to undercut Apple’s iPad pricing when its PlayBook tablet launches next year, according to a BusinessWeek report. The PlayBook will cost “under” $500, as RIM prepares to tackle Apple’s head start in the tablet market.

The starting price for an Apple iPad is $499 for a 16GB Wi-Fi-only model, and goes up to $829 for the 64GB Wi-Fi+3G version. But a RIM executive said in an interview on Wednesday that the PlayBook will be cheaper than the iPad, when the tablets starts shipping in North America sometime in the first quarter of 2011.

The iPad, which went on sale in April and sold over 4 million so far, created a new market for those who want a device between their laptops and smartphones. Six months after the iPad launched (nine since it was announced), RIM showed off the PlayBook, a BlackBerry-branded tablet aimed at competing with Apple’s offering.

The PlayBook will have a smaller screen than the iPad (7-inch PlayBook versus 9.7-inch iPad), and there won’t be a 3G option initially either (it will tether with BlackBerry phones instead). The screen resolution will be similar the iPad, meaning the PlayBook will pack more pixels per inch. The PlayBook will also have four times the amount of RAM memory of the iPad (1GB PlayBook versus 256MB iPad), and RIM also packed in two cameras (5MP back, 3MP front).

Like RIM’s PlayBook, the iPad competitors all have smaller screens (7-inch displays). Apple CEO Steve Jobs argues that is because 7-inch displays are cheaper, and this would be the only way for other manufacturers to compete with the iPad on price. But the 7-inch Android Galaxy S tablet for example retails at Verizon stores for $599, which is just $30 less than the equivalent iPad, John Gruber explains. T-Mobile sells the Tab for $400, but only after a carrier subsidy, a $50 mail-in rebate, and a two-year contract attached.

RIM is pinning its hopes on the PlayBook, boasting one of its strengths as Adobe Flash support and AIR applications compatibility (Apple most certainly will not be introducing such functionality on the iPad). However, by the time the PlayBook comes out, RIM’s tablet won’t have to compete with the current iPad, but with the next iteration of Apple’s tablet, something which could prove challenging for RIM’s currently superior, yet not available product.

Here are the six things you’ve got to know about the BlackBerry Playbook interface:

  • There are no buttons on the bezel. Everything’s done by swipes from the edge of the screen.
  • Swiping upwards brings up a home screen of sorts, with an app tray on the bottom and thumbnails for currently open apps on top.
  • Flicking those open apps upwards shuts them down completely.
  • Swiping to the left or right from any open app brings up a different multitasking menu that only shows each app in nearly full-screen.
  • Swiping diagonally from the bottom-left corner brings up a virtual keyboard.
  • Swiping down inside the Web browser shows all open tabs in thumbnail view, so you can check on the progress of any loading pages.

as said by Daniel Ionescu

Blackberry Playbook



       Rim has now revealed the tablet from its abode, the Blackberry Playbook. This tablet was previously termed as the BlackPad, according to the rumors. This is the first tablet device to be announced with a dual-core CPU (1 GHz ARM Cortex A9). The tablet has got everyone speaking about it. The proper and attractive blend of features, technology and looks clearly define a nice standard for the device.

The specifications of the Blackberry Playbook Tablet are quite amazing to look at. This Blackberry tablet is being accompanied by a 1 GHz Dual Core Processor along with the combination of a 1 GB RAM. Accompanied by an appealing 7 inch LCD display with 1024 x 600 screen resolution, the device even enables Multi-touch capacitive display and has got the dimensions of 130mm x 194mm x 10mm. the Blackberry Playbook is having a weight of 400 gm. and shall enable micro USB , micro HDMI and DLNA connectivity.
        The Blackberry Playbook shall provide for connectivity through Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, and features Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR. The device is powered by QNX platform with multitasking capabilities. Providing full Adobe Flash 10.1 support, the Blackberry Playbook has even got a built-in support for HTML 5. The device shall also enable Video Conferencing with HD Quality and Stereo sound, and is accompanied by a 5 MP Rear Camera along with a 3 MP Front Camera Allowing for a Video playback at 1080p HD video, the device shall support the H.264, MPEG4, WMV, DivX formats. The tablet shall even support Audio Playback allowing for the MP3, AAC and WMA formats. The Blackberry Playbook shall even allow it to be paired with any Blackberry Device (min OS 5.0 device) via Bluetooth for Push Email, Calendar, Docs and BBM.
The current model of the Blackberry Playbook supports Wi-Fi, but models supporting 3G and 4G are also coming soon according to the company. The Blackberry Playbook has been scheduled for release in USA in early 2011 or Quarter 1, while the global release of the device shall take place in the second quarter of 2011. The pricing details of the tablet have not yet been revealed by the company, but it is being expected that the tablet will be kept in the cheap range or the lower end of the tablet market.

Here are the six things you’ve got to know about the BlackBerry Playbook interface:

  • There are no buttons on the bezel. Everything’s done by swipes from the edge of the screen.
  • Swiping upwards brings up a home screen of sorts, with an app tray on the bottom and thumbnails for currently open apps on top.
  • Flicking those open apps upwards shuts them down completely.
  • Swiping to the left or right from any open app brings up a different multitasking menu that only shows each app in nearly full-screen.
  • Swiping diagonally from the bottom-left corner brings up a virtual keyboard.
  • Swiping down inside the Web browser shows all open tabs in thumbnail view, so you can check on the progress of any loading pages.

 compiled from b4tea



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