BlackBerry maker Research in Motion unwrapped its tablet computer on Monday, seeking to woo business customers who might otherwise opt to buy Apple’s iPad device, reports Bloomberg News.
Called the BlackBerry PlayBook, the device has a 7-inch screen, smaller than iPad’s 9.7-inch screen, and is also lighter and slimmer than Apple’s product, the story says. RIM said that the device will go on sale in the U.S. in early 2011 and in other countries in the second quarter, although it didn’t disclose a price for the device.
The company is trying to get its product to consumers before competing tablets are introduced by Hewlett-Packard, Samsung Electronics and Motorola, the article adds. Aside from the smaller size, one difference from the iPad is that the PlayBook’s browser is compatible with Adobe’s Flash technology, giving customers the ability to view a wider range of video content from the Web, the article adds.