When RIM introduced the BlackBerry PlayBook, a real live demo of the device was conspicuously absent. At today's Adobe MAX conference, RIM put some of these doubt to rest by showing off the tablet in all its QNX-running glory. CEO Mike Lazaridis demoed the device live for the assembled developers. He showed off not just the device's multitasking interface, but also its imbedded Flash Player.
Lazaridis loaded up the full YouTube page and proceeded to play a video in HD resolution (over Wi Fi of course). Playback was surprisingly smooth and the page was still scrolling accurately while playing Flash. The basic message of the demo was a not too well veiled swipe at Apple. "We're not trying to dumb down the Internet for a small mobile device," said Lazaridis.
It is encouraging to see RIM actually has a product stable enough to show off on the big screen at MAX. Only time will tell if consumers or businesses will be interested in the device. Would you buy one, and what should the price be?
The rumors have been swirling for months that BlackBerry maker RIM would be launching a tablet device. Today at the RIM developer event, that rumor became reality with the introduction of the BlackBerry PlayBook. This device will sport some serious specs and an all new RIM operating system based on the QNX system.
The PlayBook will run on an ARM Cortex A9 dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, and will have a 7-inch 1024 x 600 capacitive touch screen. There will be both HDMI and USB ports, with the former capable of full 1080p output. In the camera department, we're looking at a 3 MP front facing, and 5 MP rear facing sensor. There will be A/B/G/N Wi-Fi, but the PlayBook will be capable of Bluetooth tethering to Blackberrys for internet connections as well.
This new QNX-derived OS will have slick webOS-like app switching, and a WebKit browser with Flash. In teh media department, there will be support for MP3, AAC, and WMA for audio; video support comes in the form of H.264, MPEG, DivX, and WMV. No exact release date or price was given. Just that a launch was expected in the coming weeks. A mention was made of working with developers, so hopefully, we can expect some sort of app ecosystem here.