Page From RIM's PlayBook
5:50 PM -- BlackBerry unveiled its iPad competitor, the PlayBook (not the BlackPad), today at its Developer Conference, targeted at its existing enterprise BlackBerry user base.
Co-CEO Jim Balsillie stressed the security and robustness of the PlayBook's QNX Software Systems -based operating system, but also noted that it'll be great for media and gaming. (See OS Watch: Facebook Phones It In and RIM's DataViz Buy Could Help With Tablet Biz.)
The seven-inch device features two cameras capable of 1080p video via an HDMI output, Adobe Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: ADBE) Flash, HTML5, and a 1GHz dual-core processor. RIM also announced an application development platform, dubbed BlackBerry Enterprise Application Middleware (BEAM), for building "super apps" for the enterprise with some help from IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM), Oracle Corp. (Nasdaq: ORCL), and SAP AG (NYSE/Frankfurt: SAP).
What the PlayBook won't have is a cellular radio and service plan attached -- at least not at launch. PlayBook users can only access the Internet via WiFi or Bluetooth with a BlackBerry smartphone. The company said it plans to offer 3G and 4G models in the future.
We still don't know when it will be available (just early 2011), or from where or for how much. Check out the full specs here, and RIM's preview of the device below:
— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile