The Blackberry Playbook first showcased in the CES 2011, created a lot of buzz as it was said to have the ability to run Android Applications even as it was running on the QNX operations system. It all started there, but Research In Motion (RIM) has done a good job in bringing the Playbook to Indian customers as soon as they could.
With the increasing adoption of Blackberry phones in India, it is quite evident that people would opt for a more multimedia-rich experience on the Playbook, even while having their Blackberry phones handy. The owners of Blackberry phones running OS 5.0 or higher can connect their Phones to the Playbook and have the fun of BBM and other features on the Playbook. This is possible due to the Blackberry Bridge technology which enables to create a secured connection between the Smartphone and the Playbook using Bluetooth.
The Playbook is equipped with dual High-Definition (HD) cameras, the Front camera with 3MP while the rear camera with 5MP resolution. The Adobe Flash support adds an edge over the iPad 2 which still does not have this feature in its kitty! It can also open web-pages created in HTML 5.
Some Features and Technical Specifications
• 7″ WSVGA capacitive LCD touch screen (1024×600 resolution)
• Ultra-portable: Weighs 0.9 lbs (425g) Dimensions: 5.1” x 7.6” x 0.4” (130mm x 194mm x 10mm)
• 1 GHz dual-core processor
• BlackBerry Tablet QNX OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing
• MP3, AAC and WMA audio playback
• Support for 1080p HD video playback (H.264, MPEG4, WMV)
• HDMI out
• Dual HD cameras for video conferencing (3MP) and video capture(5MP)
• 1 GB RAM memory
• Up to 64 GB internal storage (16, 32 and 64 GB models available)
• Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n)
• Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR support
The Playbook is available in 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB models priced at Rs. 27,990 (16 GB), Rs. 32,990 (32 GB) and Rs. 37,990 (64 GB). It must also be noted that, Blackberry has added one more distribution partner, namely Ingram Micro to increase its reach.
Talking about availability, the Playbook is initially available in 1000 retail stores across 8 cities in India. The Accessories and other help (if required) is available in all these stores!
Spicy Stuff: We also had a chance to have a look at the Blackberry Bold 9900 Touch, but we were requested not to take any photos as its an unreleased model.
We were also told that the feature of Android Sandbox (for running Android Apps on the Playbook) will be available through the Next firmware update.