Enterprise Mobility: RIM BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet Spied at Gartner Conference

By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2010-10-20 Print this article Print
RIM BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet Spied at Gartner Conference

RIM BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet Spied at Gartner Conference

by Nicholas Kolakowski
Research In Motion has a presence at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2010, which kicked off Oct. 17 in Orlando, Fla.—and placed one of its most anticipated products front-and-center in its booth: the BlackBerry PlayBook, its 7-inch tablet PC. RIM hopes the PlayBook will have the same blockbuster effect on the enterprise as the Apple iPad did on the consumer market. RIM kept the PlayBook inside a glass display, away from curious hands. Nonetheless, passersby had a full look at the tablet's hardware: 7-inch screen, front- and rear-facing cameras (presumably for video conferencing) and a slim form-factor. RIM claims a PlayBook screen resolution of 1,024 by 600, and the static image displayed on the booth model certainly seemed very crisp and clear. But until the PlayBook reaches its as-yet-unspecified release date, it remains to be seen whether the features touted by RIM during the device's Sept. 21 unveiling—including the ability to sync information with users' BlackBerrys, and the supposedly "user-friendly" operating system based on QNX technology—prove worthy enough for customers to choose one of these over a Samsung Galaxy Tab or an Apple iPad.
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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