Move over Apple – Make room for a new player and new Tablet Computers to rival the iPad.
Last week, RIM announced the new Blackberry Playbook including a brand new OS built for web browsing, multimedia and more.
Following the breakthrough of e-readers and e-books, as reported in Decisive Magazine, tablet computers are generating more buzz than any other gadgets during 2010.
Just like the iPad, The Blackberry Playbook features a 7″ screen and the device is expected to be available in in the United States in early 2011. Pre-orders will be taken for the Christmas season. Because the Blackberry brand holds a stronger brand stake for e-mail functionality than any other company in the category, their venture into tablet computers must be taken seriously.
The Playbook comes loaded with a 1 GHz dual-core processor and a new Tablet OS which supports true symmetric multiprocessing.It includes dual HD cameras for video capture and video conferencing that can both record HD video at the same time, and an HDMI-out port for presenting one’s creations on external displays.
The OS is fully POSIX compliant enabling easy portability of C-based code, supports Open GL for 2D and 3D graphics intensive applications like gaming, and will run applications built in Adobe Mobile AIR as well as the new Blackberry WebWorks app platform announced today (which will allow apps to be written to run on Blackberry Playbook tablets as well as Blackberry smartphones with Blackberry 6).
Giants such as Dell, ASUS and Acer have already announced a line-up of tablets to fight for the market share.