More and more details about availability and pricing for BlackBerry’s PlayBook are popping up and the latest is from Office Depot where the 7-inch tablet can be yours for $499.99. The release date says “week 17” which puts it around the last week of April.
RIM has outed another BlackBerry PlayBook demo video, this time showing the QNX tablet's browser in action. As well as streaming HTML5 video, the demo shows Flash-based gaming and social networks like Facebook, including support for things like Facebook chat.
And people said the iPad wasn't enterprise ready. Sounds like they might be changing a tune. A November ChangeWave survey of 1,641 business IT buyers shows the numbers clear as day: businesses want tablets, and they want Apple's iPad the most. A notable 7% of businesses responding to the study said they currently provide their employees with tablet devices, while a monsterous 14% say they'll be purchasing tablets in the first Quarter of 2011! That's what's called a surge.
RIM has confirmed that its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet - set to arrive in 2011 - will be priced at under $500. According to co-CEO Jim Balsillie, "the product will be very competitively priced" when it drops in North America in Q1 2010; it will then spread globally through Q2.
RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet won't be reaching the market until 2011, but the company has shared a few more hardware details at the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX) this week. According to RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie, the PlayBook will be available in a 64GB version as well as the 16GB and 32GB models already confirmed, and use a 5,300 mAh battery.
Talk of the BlackBerry Storm 3's cancellation may have been premature, according to analysts Jefferies & Co., who blame multiple SKUs of the third-generation touchscreen smartphone for the confusion. They claim RIM was working on three BlackBerry Storm 3 devices, a haptic touch model that has indeed been cancelled, a non-haptic version "with similar thickness, more memory, and [BlackBerry 6]" which is still on course for a release by the end of November, and then a Storm 3 with a "new iPhone-like form factor, but slimmer," that could run QNX.
A few weeks ago I wrote about the Invasion of the Tablets. I wrote about how within the industry tablets are one of the hottest trends happening right now and for good reason. Today Research in Motion shared with the world their Playbook Professional Tablet. We have all been anticipating RIM's entrance into the tablet market for a while now and since it is official its time to start the analysis.
For a company that's built its reputation on hardware keyboards, RIM's decision not to give the BlackBerry PlayBook anything but an on-screen QWERTY could be seen as an unusual one. Still, there's plenty of scope for accessories; the press release may be light on details, but we can draw a few conclusions from what RIM has said. For instance, as well as the microHDMI and microUSB, there are battery charging contacts on the PlayBook tablet.
The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet might have been RIM's surprise announcement at the company's DevCon 2010 conference today, but the 7-inch slate itself was a no-show on stage when it comes to actual prototype hardware. RIM showed off a canned demo video of the BlackBerry PlayBook - which you can see after the cut - but failed to put a physical device on show.
RIM obviously knew they'd need some serious hardware to take on the iPad, and so they didn't hold back with the BlackBerry PlayBook. We've got the full specs now, and this 7-inch 1024 x 600 multitouch slate is a pocket powerhouse that challenges not only Apple's tablet but the Samsung Galaxy Tab, too. An ARM Cortex A9 dual-core 1GHz processor gets things going, then there's 1GB of RAM, WiFi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, microHDMI and - in the future - the promise of both 3G and 4G models.