Know All About BlackBerry PlayBook Before it Launches

Author: Shahzoor Ali
Published: April 10, 2011 at 5:18 pm

There are a few days left for the much awaited Tablet PC from Research In Motion - the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ - to be available in stores across North America for sale. BlackBerry® PlayBook™ was displayed at many events like CES 2011 and the Mobile World Congress in Spain.

Research In Motion (RIM) acquired QNX Software Unit from Harman International in April 2010 to develop Tablet OS. The 7-inch BlackBerry® PlayBook™ will run on QNX OS with 1GHz Dual Core Processor, 1GB RAM, Dual HD cameras, Adobe Flash 10.1 enabled to give no-compromise web experience and much more great hardware features to compete with Apple iPad and Apple iPad 2.

RIM also let The Astonishing Tribe (TAT) join them and bring their talent to the BlackBerry PlayBook and future BlackBerry smartphones.

TAT is renowned for their innovative mobile user interface (UI) designs and has a long history of working with mobile and embedded technology. TAT focuses on delivering great user experiences, from a design, technology, and usability perspective. Their design technology is used today in a variety of industries including the consumer electronics and automotive sectors. Examples of TAT’s UI designs and concepts can be viewed on their web site at

Some of the features like intense multi-tasking, Adobe Flash, Adobe AIR apps are supported. Stereo speakers and being enterprise ready also makes BlackBerry PlayBook competitive with its rivals.

The BlackBerry PlayBook has 3 ports - micro-HDMI, micro-USB port and a magnetic charging port. The mini-USB is still a mystery as to what compatibilities it has, but the OMAP4430 chipset which BlackBerry PlayBook runs on manufactured by Texas Instruments, shows it does have USB On-The-Go (OTG) interface which means more than 10,000 USB devices today can run on it without driver installation. If RIM does not put limitations on the USB OTG though users can burn CDs, connect external hard-drives, etc. Once the RIM developer team scheduled a day on Twitter to answer the questions what followers had. One of them asked about the USB OTG compatibility on the BlackBerry PlayBook and the response was, "USB Host support will not be available at launch. We are investigating adding this in a future release." This will be true Tablet PC replacing laptops at certain extent.

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