BlackBerry PlayBook: Previewed at CES 2011

The BlackBerry PlayBook has perhaps had the most air time out of all the devices being shown at CES 2011. The PlayBook had to deal with a fair bit of negative publicity prior to CES 2011, like how it was going to be delayed. This claim has been rubbished by RIM. So how well would it do in it’s preview?

Interestingly, the PlayBook that is on display at CES 2011 isn’t running on any of the operating systems that were suspected, for a start it doesn’t have Windows running, it doesn’t have webOS or Android. Instead it’s running on something that RIM bought last year called QNX with a WebKit added to it. We also know that the device has an unnamed dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor running inside.

There is a 3 minute video over on Engadget.com that shows the device in action, the guys demonstrate some of the features and pretty much stress test it, you can view it by clicking here. One of the features is the amazing multi-tasking. The PlayBook running Quake 3, a video in 1080p, plays some music and kicks off a photo slideshow simultaneously without crashing. The UI looks really slick and the browser looks lovely.

So far this looks like a great little tablet PC, so far there has been no further mention of the battery life issues, but this could end up being a key selling point / deal breaker for the machine. If they can sort out the rumored battery issues, keep the price moderate and release it before the iPad 2, then the PlayBook could do very well. After viewing the videos of the device, we are in agreement with Engadget’s Paul Miller, that this looks like a great product with the potential to take the market by storm.

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