IT Enterprise | RIM Announced PlayBook: The iPad for Business Users.
7-inch LCD, 1024 x 600, WSVGA, capacitive touch screen with full multi-touch and gesture support
BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing
1 GHz dual-core processor
1 GB RAM
Dual HD cameras (3 MP front facing, 5 MP rear facing), supports 1080p HD video recording
Video playback: 1080p HD Video, H.264, MPEG, DivX, WMV
Audio playback: MP3, AAC, WMA
HDMI video output
Wi-Fi - 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
Connectors: microHDMI, microUSB, charging contacts
Open, flexible application platform with support for WebKit/HTML-5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, POSIX, OpenGL, Java
Ultra thin and portable:
Measures 5.1"x7.6"x0.4" (130mm x 193mm x 10mm)
Weighs less than a pound (approximately 0.9 lb or 400g)
Not too shabby at all. With those specs and with the demo videos that RIM has let loose, we may have a legitimate iPad contender on our hands. With the millions of enterprise BlackBerry users, why not pick a BB tablet that can sync up wirelessly with your phone? You'd be downright silly not to.
Though, this product has no official release date or price. RIM has said, "early 2011". If my math is correct, and it always is, that would mean this PlayBook would not only be competing with the iPad, but also the iPad 2. Could be bad news, I say.
I also say that competition is good for any gadget, so good for RIM. Though, I would have waited to announce a tablet until it was about 2 months from release. Until then, it's just made up gadgety goodness.