[MWC 2011] Yesterday at MWC, RIM announced two new Playbook models supporting 4G LTE and HSPA+ and the integration of two EA games: Need for Speed Undercover and Tetris. Ryan Bidan, Senior Product Manager, RIM, showed me a demo of the Playbook at MWC 2011, check the video above. The demo is pretty much the same as the one we saw at CES, except for the integration of the EA games. The RIM tablet boasts a 7-inch capacitive display (1024×600), a 1 Ghz dual-core TI processor, 1GB of RAM, two cameras for shooting photo andd HD video and for video conferencing, WiFi, HDMI out.
The software is not finished yet and was a bit unstable while using the keyboard for web browsing, but we cannot make any judgment it until the final version is ready. Overall the user interface is very responsive (except the keyboard and the address bar in the browser, but this looks like a prototype software bug), web page loading was fairly fast (even over a clogged WiFi network at the Blackberry booth) and scrolling up and down the web page was very fluid as well.
The multitasking performance is good: Ryan launched a 3D game, a HD video and Tetris at the same time, and everything was super fluid. Each time I launched a new application, such as Office, Adobe Acrobat or the web browser, it opened immediately. I like the user interface and its seamless integration in the touch-sensitive black frame surrounding the display, the device design and form factor is sleek and elegant, I personally appreciate the size, not too small and not too big and just the right thickness. Additionally, the display quality is great, better than other new tablets that I have seen at the show.
Check out Specifications in the complete article, after the jump.
BlackBerry Playbook Specifications
New BlackBerry Tablet OS
7″ LCD display, 1024 x 600 screen resolution
Multi-touch capacitive screen
1GHz dual-core Texas Instrument processor
1GB of RAM
3 MP high-definition forward-facing camera
5 MP high-definition rear-facing camera
Codec support for superior media playback, creation and
1080p HD video; H.264, MPEG4, WMV HDMI video output
Micro USB and Micro HDMI portsWimax, 4G LTE and HSPA+ versions
Adobe Flash Player 10.1
Adobe Mobile AIR
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Height 5.1″ / 130mm
Width 7.6″ / 194mm
Depth 0.4″ / 10mm
Weight 0.9 lbs / 25g
More information and specification sheet to download in pdf on the product page: http://us.blackberry.com/playbook-tablet/
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