Sunday, September 26, 2010

BlackBerry PlayBook Targets Professional Market

Research In Motion (RIM) unveiled its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet and BlackBerry Tablet OS, featuring a 7" display and a 1 GHz dual-core processor for symmetric multiprocessing. It includes dual HD cameras for video capture and video conferencing that can both record HD video at the same time, and an HDMI-out port.

Network interfaces were not specified, apart from Wi-Fi.

The BlackBerry PlayBook will offer pairing with a BlackBerry smartphone using a secure Bluetooth connection. This makes its possible to use the larger tablet display to seamlessly and securely view any of the email, BBM, calendar, tasks, documents and other content that resides on (or is accessible through) the smartphone.

RIM said its BlackBerry PlayBook is enterprise ready and compatible (out-of-the-box) with BlackBerry Enterprise Server. The BlackBerry Tablet OS is built upon the QNX Neutrino microkernel architecture, which the company touts for its stability and field hardened security.

Some specs:

  • 7" LCD display, 1024 x 600 screen resolution, multi-touch capacitive screen

  • 5.1" x 7.6" x 0.4" (130mm x 194mm x 10mm)

  • 0.9 lbs (400g)

  • Adobe Flash 10.1 enabled and support for HTML 5

  • 1 GHz dual-core processor

  • 1GB RAM

  • Built-in microUSB connector

  • 802.11 a/b/g/n

Commercial availability is expected in Q1 2011 in the U.S. and in Q2 2011 for other markets.

RIM also previewed its forthcoming BlackBerry Enterprise Application Middleware -- an application development platform that will enable commercial enterprise and corporate developers to more easily build "super app" enterprise applications and services for BlackBerry smartphones. IBM Interactive and customer ING DIRECT, Oracle, and SAP are in early trials.