The onslaught of tablet PCs has begun, and while many manufacturers have given Apple and the iPad a huge head start in regards to time on the market, they are putting some truly powerful tablets into the market. Research in Motion (RIM), makers of the famous Blackberry brand, recently announced the Blackberry Playbook Tablet PC. The Blackberry Playbook as announced will have some features the iPad does not, but will also feature a little more horsepower. Here is a quick preview of the Blackberry Playbook:
The hardware of the Blackberry Playbook will feature a 1GHz processor matched up with 1GB of RAM (the iPad features 256MB), which should mean blazing speeds and multitasking without any system bog down. The multi touch high-definition screen will be seven inches, which is smaller than the iPad but the same size as the Samsung Galaxy. Of course the real treat with the Playbook will be full support of Adobe Flash technology, which means uncompromising access to the entire Internet via the 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi support. While the Playbook will definitely be able to access the web through an existing Blackberry smart phone (and consequent charges), independent 3G and 4G access is still a little sketchy, but the unit is likely to be released without it. As far as apps go, everyone will have to wait and see, but the it will be extremely tough to catch the iPad in that department.
The Playbook will also feature a 3 mega pixel forward facing camera and a 5 mega pixel rear facing camera. The front camera will allow for some great video calling or conferencing, while the rear camera will allow for all sorts of business and fun applications. The device also sports micro USB and micro HDMI ports. These ports are key to the unit gaining ground on the iPad, which should allow for a multitude of devices to be connected to the portable PC. RIM no doubt envisions folks connecting their Playbook to an HD display for delivering really top notch presentations, or even sharing family photos or videos.
The actual price of the unit has been kept a mystery, but PCMag.com has ball parked it in the $600-$850 range. That price tag seems pretty fair, considering the lack of 3G or 4G access without a Blackberry Smart phone available for tethering. Of course the early 2011 release date is bound to affect popularity of the device as it will miss the Holiday Shopping season. Still just based on the appearance of the device and the hardware included, the Playbook is a serious tablet with a ton of possibility.