RIM unveils 7-inch PlayBook tablet, plans ‘early 2011’ launch

RIM showed off its “PlayBook” tablet “for the first time Monday and is set to launch it in early 2011. With it RIM is betting on a smaller, lighter device than Apple’s iPad,” Omar El Akkad reports for The Globe and Mail Update.

“The PlayBook will have a 7-inch screen, making it half the size of the iPad, and weigh about 0.9 pounds to the iPad’s 1.5 pounds,” El Akkad reports. “And unlike the iPad [so far], it will have two cameras, front and back. Outside of Wi-Fi range, it will be able to pick up cellular service to access the Web by linking to a BlackBerry.”

MacDailyNews Note: Apple’s iPad features a 9.7-inch screen. Obviously, Apple has cornered the market on screens of that size and consigned the also-rans to 7-inch screens or smaller for an extended period of time. About that, we laugh daily.

RIM’s “PlayBook” specs include:
• 7″ LCD, 1024 x 600, WSVGA, capacitive touch screen 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 MP front facing, 5 MP rear facing), 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
• Support for WebKit/HTML-5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, POSIX, OpenGL, Java
• 5.1″x7.6″x0.4″ (130mm x 193mm x 10mm)
• 0.9 lb or 400g)
• RIM intends to also offer 3G and 4G models in the future
• Retail price TBD/TBA

El Akkad reports, “And in another move Monday, perhaps its most aggressive attempt to gain ground on its rivals, RIM launched its own version of an advertising network, designed to give developers a bigger revenue stream and users access to ad-supported apps. RIM has partnered with five ad networks to create an inventory of ads for developers. The strategy aims to put RIM on equal footing with Apple Inc. and Google Inc., which have both purchased ad network firms in the past.”

“RIM is also building another service that allows developers to design in-app payment services,” El Akkad reports. “The new tool comes after RIM struck a deal with AT&T to allow customers to purchase products from the BlackBerry applications store and have the purchases automatically charged to their carrier bills.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Futile.

150 Comments

  1. Apple has the supply of 10″ tablets locked up for the next couple of years, so these guys can only go for 7″ and pretend that it’s better. But 10″ is a size much like a piece of paper: 7 is too small and mighht as well be a cell phone. Why would you pay so much for something that’s too small to be useful?

  2. Apple has the supply of 10″ tablets locked up for the next couple of years, so these guys can only go for 7″ and pretend that it’s better. But 10″ is a size much like a piece of paper: 7 is too small and mighht as well be a cell phone. Why would you pay so much for something that’s too small to be useful?

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