I have mentioned, a lot is now happening in the eReader/Tablet space. 2011 seems to be the year that all hell will break loose in the realms of competition. The Apple iPad may not necessarily be leader by the end of next year according to some commentators. However, Apple lead by the mighty Steve Jobs cannot be counted out just yet. They might just surprise us again!

Reasearch In Motion (RIM) makers of the Blackberry phone has announced it will begin to sell its tablet computer – named PlayBook - in the first quarter of next year in North America. The tablet comes in at under $500 as RIM gears up to take on Apple.

RIM Co-CEO Jim Balsillie said recently in an interview, “The product will be very competitive“. He also said “the iPad’s dominance in the tablet-computer market will “change when we’re in the market”’. He was, however, less specific on other matters concerning the product.

It is obvious to all that RIM intends to bring the fight to all its competitors especially Apple. No one can blame RIM for this as the likes of Samsung, and Hanvon Technology have joined the party.

So, how does the PlayBook weigh in? The tablet comes with the following specs:
  • 7 LCD, 1024 x 600, WSVGA, capacitive touch screen with full multi-touch and gesture support.
  • BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing.
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor.
  • 1 GB RAM.
  • Dual HD cameras (3 MP front facing, 5 MP rear facing), supports 1080p HD video recording.
  • Video playback: 1080p HD Video, H.264, MPEG, DivX, WMV.
  • Audio playback: MP3, AAC, WMA.
  • HDMI video output.
  • Wi-Fi – 802.11 a/b/g/n.
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR.
  • Connectors: microHDMI, microUSB, charging contacts.
  • Open, flexible application platform with support for WebKit/HTML-5, Adobe.
  • Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, POSIX, OpenGL, Java.
  • Ultra thin and portable.
  • Measures 5.1x7.6x0.4 (130mm x 193mm x 10mm).
  • Weighs less than a pound (approximately 0.9 lb or 400g).
  • Additional features and specifications of the BlackBerry PlayBook will be shared on or before the date this product is launched in retail outlets.
  • RIM intends to also offer 3G and 4G models in the future.
Do you think the PlayBook has the capabilities to take on and defeat the iPad? You be the judge; your comments please.

Post by Olu Oyekanmi and can be followed here on Twitter: @oluoyekanmi

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