We almost missed this one, but couple of days ago, Canadian company Research In Motion (RIM) has announced its new tablet, called PlayBook. Promised to be game-changing product in growing tablet marketplace, PlayBook sports 1GHz dual-code processor, 7" capacitive screen with 1024×600 resolution, two cameras (front and rear facing) with 1080p recording support, HDMI output, rich web experience with Adobe Flash, Adobe AIR and HTML-5 support, and easy integration with your BlackBerry smartphone. Have we also mentioned true multitasking?
Full specifications for device:
• 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:
o Measures 5.1”x7.6”x0.4” (130mm x 193mm x 10mm)
o 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.
Are you getting ready for HTC Desire HD ? It does feel like HD2 in your hand, but here is a direct comparison with a regular Desire. Super LCD 4.3" screen is manufactured by Sony and it should provide more realistic colors and longer battery life compared to old generation AMOLED. However, we think that Super AMOLED still is the best option for the smartphone screens…
We have all been wandering about the price of the upcoming Samsung GALAXY Tab. Well now we know, at least for Australia. It will cost you (SIM free) 999 AUD (or 712 €). Let’s wait and see about the rest of the world.
on HTC event in London at HTC Desire Z and HTC Desire HD world premiere.
We can expect up to 20 per cent battery life on these two models and improved version of HTC Sense interface that will allow users to manage their phone over HTCsense.com web service. We can also expect improved mapping software and multimedia capabilities. Desire HD will also feature 8MPix camera with 720p video support. We can also expect better integration with social networks and new security features (e.g. sending message to phone over web service in case it is lost). HTC Company is also preparing new Windows 7 handsets but they are not permitted to innovate user interface like on Google Android platform, never the less they have announced numerous hardware improvements which we are waiting to see.
As the launch of Windows Phone 7 is getting near, more information surfaces.
We already had a dedicated WP7 post earlier this year, Engadget had it too. The chance is, if you're not living in EFIGS (English, French, Italian, German, Spain) speaking countries, you will not get the complete experience -- at least not from the start:
Marketplace functionality will be limited
No Xbox Live service
No Zune support
Only web and e-mail content could be displayed on native language without localized phone menus
Just default keyboards for starters, no local characters
No copy/paste -- global limitation
On top of that Windows Phone 7 UI will not be customizable in a way we are used at. No TouchWiz, Sense and other add-ons, the manufacturers will have to compete with hub upgrades and separate applications.
Two days ago a bunch of photos surfaced on Flickr (user Trioculus) from an interesting parade where the competition was buried (literally).
Then it was the promo video. Could it really be official ?
As far as the mobile applications go, things are getting really interesting. Apple is still at the throne with more than 250,000 apps, and Google is approaching fast (100k). BlackBerry now has more than 10,000 in their App World.
The question remains, what percent of them are just senseless pranks that just add to the count. The efforts of Google and Nokia to involve non-developers in the application creation could lead to even bigger mess on application stores.
The upcoming Windows Phone 7 unveiling and one more Marketplace will give us a chance to get lost in those hundreds of thousands of mobile apps.