BlackBerry DevCon Asia 2011 - Asia's Big Show


First Looks - The BlackBerry PlayBook

First Looks - The BlackBerry PlayBook

The PlayBook will come in three different capacities of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB of flash memory, though Wade wasn't willing to divulge more on price points other than insisting it would come below the US$500 mark. Internally, the PlayBook will be powered by a 1GHz dual-core Cortex A9 processor and 1GB of RAM. Two cameras are built-in; a front-facing 3-megapixel camera and a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera. The 7-inch display has a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels.

It must be noted that the PlayBooks available for perusal were locked down tight, as the settings menu was inaccessible, giving us no means of determining the software revision powering the device. Even in prototype form however, the PlayBook was reassuringly solid in terms of heft and feel, while the screen was sharp and clear. Most if not all 3D and multimedia demos shown ran silky smooth and with nary a hitch. Navigating the device, interestingly, also involves heavy use of the bezel surrounding the display, as most swipe gestures usually start and end at the bezel.