BlackBerry Playbook is the latest product from the manufacturer RIM Blackberry. BlackBerry Naming Playbook beyond belief among many who had expected a tablet PC or RIM will be named Blackpad Surfbook or Surfboard. In fact the facts say another, Playbook is the name selected and announced by RIM CEO Mike Lazaridis yesterday at their annual developer event in San Francisco’s Blackberry 2010.
In terms of software, Playbook will use Tablet BlackBerry operating system OS based on a micro-kernel architecture of QNX Neutrino. Neutrinos have been widely used in medical devices, automotive to the Internet router.
Playbook Software supports Flash 10.1, WebKit and HTML 5, OpenGL (for 3D graphics as in games), Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, Java, POSIX and BlackBerry WebWorks. Check out the specification.
* 7-inch LCD, 1024 x 600, WSVGA, capacitive touch screens 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 megapixel front-facing, rear facing 5 MP), 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)
* Also RIM intends to offer 3G and 4G models in the future.
In terms of interface, the OS looks like a mashup of webOS and the BlackBerry OS, even allowing for multitasking via what amounts to a “card” view. Interestingly, RIM and QNX boasted of the Playbook’s multimedia and gaming functions, but Also Mike Lazaridis described the tablets as “an amplified view of what’s already on your BlackBerry.