BlackBerry PlayBook: Enterprise and Consumer ready

Last week we brought you news that RIM was developing a BlackBerry tablet device and at that time it was widely touted that it would be called the BlackPad. We told how the 7-inch touch screen device would be RIM’s attempt to compete with the Apple iPad, and also the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Now it appears that the rumors of the BlackBerry tablet have been confirmed by RIM but in fact the device will be called the BlackBerry Playbook. As we said previously it has a 7-inch capacitive touch screen with a 1GHz processor and HTML 5 browser. It will also come with 1GB RAM, two cameras (front and rear-facing) and 1080p video playback, according to Ryan Kim over on GigaOm. BlackBerry Enterprise users should be very satisfied as the PlayBook will connect to the 250,000 BlackBerry Enterprise Servers.

However although RIM is promoting the PlayBook as an “enterprise-ready professional tablet,” as the tablet will feature multitasking and multimedia support the device should certainly appeal to consumers as well. The PlayBook OS was developed by QNX which was acquired by RIM last year and the CEO of QNX, Dan Dodge says the system is “advanced and modern.” The PlayBook OS will support a Java Virtual Machine which means that many BlackBerry apps already out can be supported.

The BlackBerry PlayBook is heading for release in early 2011 but there are no price details available yet. For more on this go to gigaom.com. Are you a professional who can see real uses for this BlackBerry tablet or maybe you’re a general consumer and it also appeals to you? We’d be interested in your thoughts on this new tablet device so please do send in your comments.

  • hew

    If they can link their phone service like blackberry messenger with the playbook then RIM will kill the game

  • Yulibnn

    I will only get it if is have bbm.