2010 is shaping to be the year of the tablets…Research In Motion Ltd., the very one to make the BlackBerry smartphone, launched yet another Apple iPad competitor – the PlayBook.
There are not many technical details at this point, but RIM’s latest entry in the tablet market has a 7-inch touchscreen display and it is built around a Cortex A9, 1GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, app switching similar to the webOS, the standard eReader and of course it is capable to be connected to RIM’s BlackBerry phones. The OS seemed to be a customization by QNX. Other hardware specifications include HDMI output with full 1080p media playback, dual HD cameras – front and back (hmmmm, that’s no iPad 😉 ) and just 9.7″ thin. RIM also seems to have some gaming in mind with support for POSIX and OpenGL which is always good news. My only concern is a further fragmentation of the tablet market which will scare the developers away. Don’t forget that we already have Android, iOS, RIM’s OS, webOS, Windows 7 and several other less know players around.
Ahhhh, I almost forgot one very important aspect: PlayBook has Flash 10.1 support!!!
Check after the break for the BlackBerry PlayBook Preview video.