Monday, September 27, 2010

RIM unveils 'BlackBerry PlayBook' tablet; runs its own new OS; won't hit the store shelves until early 2011

The maker of BlackBerry, Research in Motion, unveiled its plans for a seven inch tablet called the 'PlayBook'.

PC Magazine says its aimed straight at the iPad, while Computerworld says its aimed at enterprise customers. Frankly, they are both just guessing.

I say wait until it is released and see -- but that won't be until some time early next year. The world is still waiting for one of these companies to announce AND delivery a product in a reasonable time frame. Is RIM scared that their customer base is migrating elsewhere?

Spec-wise the product will be interesting: it will run its own BlackBerry Tablet OS, a dual-core 1 GHz processor, and will have front and rear facing cameras.

The announcement was made at RIM's developer conference in San Francisco (BlackBerry DevCon 2010). And while the company has nothing physical to show at this point, they (of course) have a video: