Tracking the Blackberry Playbook (Video, Specs)

Posted on 27 September 2010, Last updated on 14 October 2015 by

RIM are showing a new product, the Blackberry ‘Playbook’ at DevCon10 in San Francisco as I write.  I’m adding specifications as they come in.

Specifications (updating) (now with official specifications)

Press Release is here.


First image via

Slashgear have some more images from the event here.

  • 1Ghz CPU (Dual core, must be Cortex A9 – possibly Tegra2?)
  • 7 inch Screen 1024×600, Multitouch Capacative
  • Micro HDMI-out, Micro USB
  • 1BG RAM
  • 9.7 mm thin
  • 16GB flash storage

More (official) specs now in the product page.

Image set now in the gallery.





This is being pitched as a stable, secure platform with ‘uncompromised browsing.’  Flash 10.1 is included.

Stay tuned here or on the product page for updates. is redirecting to Blackberry America.

Initial thoughts:

It will be offered as a partner device for blackberry owners for a very cheap price, a ‘value-add’ upgrade. Web support is being promoted heavily with Flash and HTML5 support and a “high-fidelity web experience”. Could the browser be better than the iPad and Android devices? At 400gm with a Cortex A9 ARMV7 Core (Thx TheLukeTailor in comments), the battery life probably won’t beat the iPad. I estimate something similar to the Galaxy Tab – 4-6hrs online usage with good standby capability. Mobile usage will depend on the tethered phone. Storage is said to be 16GB which is a good starting point. No word on removable storage capability yet.

Application ecosystem needs to be analysed.

That’s it for this post. More soon so stay tuned for analysis.

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