updated 06:05 am EST, Wed November 10, 2010
Co-CEO Jim Balsillie reveals plans
RIM Co-CEO Jim Balsillie has revealed in an interview in Korea that its forthcoming Blackberry Playbook will reach the US market in Q1 2011 priced at under $500. Originally unveiled in September, Balsillie also indicated that the device would then begin rolling out globally during spring 2011.
When it ships, the Playbook will incorporate an ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core processor running at 1GHz with 1GB of RAM. It will pack a seven-inch 1024x600 display and weigh 0.9lbs. The design is the first to run a QNX-based platform, BlackBerry Tablet OS with the ability to connect to Blackberry Enterprise Servers for e-mail by pairing over Bluetooth with a Blackberry smartphone. The Playbook will also feature dual 720p video cameras and is capable of real-time video conferencing.
The company has been facing pressure to keep the price of the PlayBook low. Without any built-in 3G, the tablet will have to compete against the $499 iPad and will have to differentiate itself from the 3G Samsung Galaxy Tab's $600 price. [via Bloomberg]