BlackBerry PlayBook Coming with 64 GB Model, Huge Battery

Research In Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry PlayBook tablet has just gotten some new technical specs confirmed. PlayBook  16 and 32 GB models have already been announced by the company, but today at the Gulf Information Technology Exhibit (GITX), RIM’s President and Co-CEO Jim Balsillie talked about the coming tablet and hinted with his slides that a 64 GB model is indeed in the works as well. Now we just need to actually see one of these in actual use.

Also, the PlayBook will have a 5,300mAh rated battery to keep it chugging away while you work or play. The Galaxy Tab will have a 4,000mAh rated battery for comparison. The iPad’s exact battery specs are unknown, but they are estimated in the 5,000mAh to 6,000mAh range. The big question is how the PlayBook’s dual cores drain the battery. Especially when you start using hardware accelerated Flash on the tablet. RIM certainly has made calculations to figure out how much power the battery will need, so let’s hope they figured something along the lines of 10 hours of use per charge.

Remember, the PlayBook will be running a completely new operating system than RIM’s BlackBerry smartphones. QNX Software Systems was recently purchased by RIM and the newly absorbed company is developing a specific OS called ‘BlackBerry Tablet OS’ so far. The new tablet OS is expected to eventually replace BlackBerry OS 6 instead of RIM making BB OS 7. Why? QNX’s operating system will put RIM in a better position to compete against Cisco’s Cius tablet in the corporate world with its virtualization features.

The PlayBook running video:


Jim Balsillie talking about the PlayBook and BlackBerry:

Excited about RIM’s coming PlayBook? I am. It will be good for RIM to have three different storage option models. Apple has already shown the concept to be a success so there is no reason as to why RIM can’t use it as well. No word yet on the PlayBook’s promised 3G and 4G models for later next year, but don’t worry they’re coming. Let me know what you think.

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