Research In Motion (RIM) has confirmed that its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will launch in Australia in June this year, but has not yet been able to confirm any further pricing or availability details.
The company has been demonstrating the device in Australia for the past six weeks, and has launched it in the US and Canada, starting from US$499, but has so far played extremely coy about when it would release the tablet in Australia, noting only that it was scheduled to ship locally in the second quarter of 2011. Today, a RIM spokesperson confirmed a post on Twitter noting that the device was now slated to land locally in June.
The PlayBook has similar specifications to a number of other tablets available and currently launching in the Australian market, although it is smaller than most, with a 7″ display. Most tablets on the market today offer a 10″ screen.
Its dimensions are 130x194x10mm, and it weighs 425g. The display has a resolution of 1024×600 and multi-touch functionality. It features a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM and up to 64GB internal storage. It also comes with a 3 megapixel HD forward-facing camera a 5MP HD rear-facing camera and support for high resolution playback of videos. The tablet also features a web browser that supports full Adobe Flash 10.1 and built-in support for HTML5.
The launch will come amidst the release of a number of other hyped tablets in Australia in mid-2010. Over the past month companies like Motorola, Samsung and Acer have all launched tablets locally based on Google’s Android platform, featuring ‘Honeycomb’, the latest version 3.0 of the operating system designed specifically for tablets. The PlayBook is based on Research in Motion’s own proprietary operating system, however — not Android.
However, the local tablet market remains dominated by Apple’s iPad offering, with the second version of the device from Cupertino still in short supply Down Under.
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