Mat Newman September 28 2010 15:32:25Have just read the specs for the soon to be released Blackberry Playbook.
Key features and specifications of the BlackBerry PlayBook:
- BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing
- Ultra thin and portable:
- Weighs less than a pound (approximately 0.9 lb or 400g)
- Measures 5.1”x7.6”x0.4” (130mm x 193mm x 10mm)
- 7” LCD, 1024 x 600, WSVGA, capacitive touch screen with full multi-touch and gesture support
- 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
- 1 GHz dual-core processor
- 1 GB RAM
- Video playback: 1080p HD Video, H.264, MPEG, DivX, WMV
- Dual HD cameras (3 MP front facing, 5 MP rear facing), supports 1080p HD video recording
- Open, flexible application platform with support for WebKit/HTML-5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, POSIX, OpenGL, Java
Availability and price detail of Blackberry Play Book:
The BlackBerry PlayBook is expected to be available in retail outlets in the USA in early 2011 and will be available in other countries in the second quarter of 2011.
Full web-kit support means that there won't be many web-sites that this thing won't render, and the inclusion of flash and java means a true PC-like browsing experience on a mobile tablet. Link that in with the 'unlimited' browsing capabilities of a typical Blackberry configuration (connected through a BES on a dedicated Blackberry plan) and you don't need to worry too much about excess data usage charges.
The multi-processing capabilities are another key factor, you will be able to execute two tasks simultaneously (the example quoted is 'watching a movie and browsing the web').
But the real killer: no dictated 'callers must both be using an iThing on WiFi' to do video calling. As someone who travels frequently and uses Skype to video-call my family back home, this was one thing that left me bemused about the iPhone.
First device I've seen that could justly claim to be an iPad killer.