RIM’s new tablet revealed: BlackBerry Playbook

More info to come, including hands-on stuff from Xavier who is on location at RIM’s DevCon. Until then, your first taste of RIM’s new tablet, the BlackBerry Playbook, is in this video.


Okay, it’s kind of heavy on the flashiness, but like a good movie trailer, it gives little snippets of action to draw you in. The focus clearly is on the software and functionality, which is as it should be. You can see a little bit of interaction between the Playbook and a BlackBerry. The media access screens looked slick, as did the camera interface. Despite the cool factor, they close by pointing out it’s a “professional” and “enterprise ready” device.

Couple of things they emphasized were the Adobe Flash support and multi-tasking, both obvious jabs at the iPad. The multi-tasking interface does look great, but it also looked great when I saw it on WebOS. Interesting was the mention of “multiprocessing” which implies a multi-core processor. Raises more questions than answers in my mind, and that’s what a teaser trailer is supposed to do. Only things I’m sure of are that I’m glad they didn’t go with “BlackPad” and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in the Playbook.

Update: Here’s more video from the conference:


Hands on From Sascha of NetbookNews.

Alleged Apple fanboi, accused Android apologist, and confirmed Microsoft MVP for touch and tablet Mark Sumimoto a.k.a. Sumocat dabbles in all areas of mobile computing with a focus on Windows-based Tablet PCs and pen input. A mobile computing enthusiast since 2004, he pioneered the field of ink blogging via his personal blog, Sumocat's Scribbles. His current tools include a Fujitsu Lifebook T900, TEGA v2, and iPhone 4. Email: sumocat [at] notebooks.com


  1. It is interesting that their press release includes a long list of technical specs but omits the battery rundown time. I wonder if that is a sign they can’t match the iPad’s 10 hrs.

  2. This looks REAL nice and the first release will be WiFi Only. I’m wondering if I can use my Droid Incredible Hotspot with this tablet and have access to my hosted Exchange account (SherWeb)and the internet?

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