RIM gives demo of BlackBerry PlayBook

Tuesday, December 7, 2010, 14:08 by Tech Correspondent

Research In Motion and Adobe have released a video that reveals BlackBerry Playbook tablet’s most comprehensive live, unseen stage demo till date. The demo was given at Rogers TabLife conference in Canada by RIM’s VP of Special Projects, David Neale.

The video showed the PlayBook in action with a demonstration of 1080p video playback and a look at the device’s “true multitasking” capabilities, which were said to be demonstrated using just one half of the device’s dual-core processor.

Most importantly, Neale confirmed that the device will definitely support 4G in the near future. Also, he couldn’t stop himself from talking about Apple’s recent criticism of smaller tablets. He said, “There is room in the world for different shapes.” Also see: iPad 2 rumors

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Photo: BlackBerry PlayBook emerges as Apple iPad's competitor

RIM has targeted the PlayBook at business users. It comes with a 7-inch screen, which is smaller than the 9.7-inch screen of the Apple iPad. But with 4G support and Adobe Flash 10.1, it is all set to compete heavily with Apple.

As we reported earlier, the PlayBook will run on a new open source operating system for tablets, called BlackBerry Tablet OS. RIM says that the OS driving the PlayBook will offer support for web standards such as HTML5, as well as Adobe Reader, POSIX, OpenGL and Java.

The PlayBook measures 5.1 x 7.6 x 0.4 inch and weighs about 400 grams. The tablet gives you 1 GB of RAM, and it is likely that the PlayBook will probably be available with 16 GB or 32 GB of internal memory.

A few sources on the Internet point out that the video appears to be carefully edited and some performance issues on the PlayBook must have been kept out. But we believe that even if there are performance issues with the PlayBook, RIM has enough time to resolve them until its launch, which is scheduled for next year only. The PlayBook will reach the United States in early 2011, while the rest of the world would be able to buy it in the second quarter of next year.

So, would PlayBook face any competition? The answer is yes, it will face competition from almost every major computing giant planning to unveil its tablet in the market in near future.

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