iPad Contender “BlackBerry Playbook”: Increased Juice Life

Since the middle of last year, Research in Motion’s offering into the tablet world the “BlackBerry PlayBook,” has received a huge amount of attention. Questions have been asked as to how it will fair against other competitors such as Apple’s popular iPad or Samsung’s Galaxy Tab? Coupled with this, the tech world are anticipating the arrival of Apple’s next gen iPad sometime in the near future as well as Samsung’s Galaxy 2. So what do we know so far about the PlayBook, and what can we report to you today?

At the recent Consumer Electronics Show, Tim here at OSM gave us a run down of the device. Unveiled in all its glory, the tablet was shown with a different OS to what we expected. Instead of the usual suspects Windows 7 or Android, it was running on QNX with a webkit attached, along with an unnamed dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor running inside. The 7-inch device will incorporate WiFi, front 3 megapixel camera and rear 5 megapixel along with HD recording and so on.

Its today’s news that we wanted to report on, and that of its increased battery power. Despite criticism surrounding delay times with its launch and whether the PlayBook can give us enough juice life, as techd.in reported, RIM have said that the tablet will give its users at least 8 hours battery usage, although they did stipulate that the “power management software” will be the last item to go into it.

What are your thoughts on this latest news? Are you swayed by RIM’s introduction into the tablet market?