Enterprise Mobility: RIM BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet Spied at Gartner Conference
RIM BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet Spied at Gartner Conference
by Nicholas Kolakowski
Spied in the Wild
The PlayBook made its appearancebehind glassat Research In Motions booth. No, the pretty on-screen picture didnt move or change. The 7-inch tablet relies on a proprietary operating system built on QNX technology.
Unlike other tablet manufacturers, which are primarily aiming their wares at the consumer market, RIM is angling the 0.9-pound PlayBook as an enterprise device.
The PlayBook features two embedded cameras: a 3-megapixel lens in front, paired with a 5-megapixel one in the rear. The rear camerawhich is shown hereevidently sits at the top-center of the tablet.
The PlayBooks 7-inch screen will feature 1,024 by 600 resolution, compared with the iPads 9.7-inch screen and 1,024 by 768 resolution.
In RIMs booth at the Gartner conference, one of the two PlayBooks began to display this screenit seemed like some sort of setup dashboard. The inability to actually touch the device, however, made it hard to tell.
The PlayBook will reportedly offer a 3G connection via an existing BlackBerry service plan. The iPad offers an "a la carte" connectivity model, with customers able to activate their 3G connection on a monthly basis, while other tablets may require signing a two-year data plan with a provider.
RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis has reportedly claimed that the PlayBook will "amplify" his companys BlackBerry smartphones. The tablet will sync information with a users BlackBerry.
RIM has also played up its tablets ability to video conference, courtesy of those rear- and front-facing cameras. Some competing tablets will also offer that capability, while many pundits and analysts expect Apple to adopt it with the next version of the iPad.
Multitasking and Flash
The PlayBook will reportedly support Adobe Flash and HTML5, multitasking and high-definition video.
No Release Date or Price Yet
RIM has not offered a firm price point or release date for the PlayBook. Company representatives at the Gartner conference also stayed quiet about those details.