BlackBerry PlayBook target iPad success
RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook, the company’s attempt at a true iPad competitor, has been demoed at a network event in Canada with a number of the tablet’s features shown off for the first time.
The demonstration, which was caught on video (below), highlighted the tablet’s impressive 1080p HD video playback capabilities and, despite running an early build of the device’s operating system and user interface, a slick two-style gesture control design.
Whilst the normal swipe and flip gestures remain as a way to navigate screens, a second frame-incorporating set of gestures pulls down an additional control panel, much in the same way Android handset users currently access notifications.
With the BlackBerry Playbook expected to launch in spring 2011, just days ahead of the arrival of Apple’s muted iPad 2, the RIM tablet’s impressive spec sheet that includes a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and front and rear facing cameras, will be hard pushed to succeed in an increasingly congested tablet market.