The iPad may want to watch its back. RIM announced Monday that the newest addition to the Blackberry lineup is called the PlayBook and will soon become the iPad’s biggest competitor.
With a 7-inch screen, 1024-by-600 multitouch display, and a dual-core 1-GHz Cortex A9 microprocessor with a full gigabyte of RAM, the Blackberry PlayBook tablet has a lot going on. It will be able to run Flash 10.1 and HTML5 as well. RIM CEO, Mike Lazaridis said, “This is one of the most exciting times in our history. RIM set out to engineer the best professional-grade tablet in the industry with cutting-edge hardware features and one of the world’s most robust and flexible operating systems.” They might have done exactly that.
Tablet PC’s are all the rage. In addition to the best-selling iPad, Samsung recently unveiled its Galaxy tablet as well as Dell with the launch of the 5-inch Streak. Other companies waiting to follow suit are Lenovo, Asus, and Acer… not to mention Google and Microsoft. As of now, the iPad, which launched in April, is the current leader predicting sales of 12 million by the end of 2010.
Blackberry’s newest offering will be available in early 2011 although no official date has been announced. The Blackberry PlayBook price is also being kept a secret. While you’re waiting, check out the video of it in action below.