RIM Unveils the BlackBerry PlayBook

RIM Unveils the BlackBerry PlayBook

On Monday, RIM unveiled its new tablet, the BlackBerry PlayBook, and even though it was kept behind glass and not actually used in any demonstration, people are getting excited about the promised specs for it which put Apple’s iPad to shame.

“This is an ultramobile, always on, ultrathin device,” Mike Lazaridis, co-CEO of Research In Motion told attendees at the ongoing BlackBerry developer conference. “The first time you hold it, it just feels right and you want to take it everywhere you go.”

Ultrathin is right. At just 0.4 inches thick, the PlayBook beats the iPad, which is 0.5 inches, and while that extra point may not seem like much, in the tech world, that’s a big development. Consider this, as well: the PlayBook weighs just 0.9 lbs. Compared to the iPad’s 1.5 lbs., that’s a huge difference.

The BlackBerry PlayBook will also support full 10.1 Flash, something Apple was screamed at for not doing with the release of the iPad back in April. The list of differences goes on and on, too. The PlayBook has two built-in cameras, multitasking, a native SDK (Software Developers Kit) will be available, hardware accelerated video, 1080p HD video, video recording capability, a 1-GHz dual-core processor, and come with 1GB RAM.

While all the promised specs sound good, they are just that right now – promised. Since no one has actually handled the BlackBerry PlayBook (Lazaridis did little more than turn the device on), we’ll have to wait and see if it does deliver on all of this.

Still, with the BlackBerry platform being the number one operating system for smartphones because of the company’s strength with business users, the PlayBook could very well indeed give the iPad a run for its money. Although the price of it has yet to be revealed, people are already wondering how they can pre-order the PlayBook, which hits retailers early in 2011.

“The BlackBerry PlayBook, just like the BlackBerry smartphones, will become the enterprise standard,” Lazaridis also told developers.

That remains to be seen, but soon after the unveiling, Amazon announced that a Kindle app for the PlayBook is in the works, and there’s no doubt that other companies are already churning out the ideas on how they can get in on the PlayBook action.

What about you, though? Are you excited for the new BlackBerry PlayBook? With so much time in between the unveiling and the actual availability, you can bet that RIM will be hyping this thing for the next few months, so if you’re not excited now, wait for it to stream into your consicousness.