Earlier this week, UBM TechInsights performed a teardown analysis of Research in Motion Ltd.'s BlackBerry Playbook media tablet, revealing that in addition to the Omap 4430 applications processor the product also features a four-in-one combo connectivity chip and power management and converter chips from Texas Instruments Inc.
What follows is a step-by-step image gallery produced during the teardown analysis, showing the innards of the Playbook at every step of the way. UBM TechInsights is a division of United Business media, the publisher of EE Times.
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A look at everything that comes in the Playbook package. According to UBM TechInsights, RIM has gone for a simple packaging construct similar to Apple Inc.'s iPad.
That's the million dollar question, isn't it? When the iPad first came out, many immediately dismissed for the enterprise and said it would only work as a CE gadget. I think there are a lot of people that still believe that. However, there are those that say that tablets will be big in the enterprise space, and obviously RIM is banking that this is true. I don't own a tablet. But I could see where it would offer certain advantages over a laptop in my line of work. The weight would make it easier the lug around, and the always on, always connected experience would save time. I could see this product coming in handy at work, but not as a replacement for my laptop. So I think it will be a while before we see tablets issued as standard equipment in most industries.
Price- you can buy one from shopblackberry.com. 16Gb=$499, 32GB=$599, 64GB=$699. It's pretty similar to--or I guess slightly less--than pricing for iPad2. There are some less expensive tablets out there (and a few more expensive ones), but it seems clear that RIM is aiming directly at the Ipad's target market. You can get a Samsung Galaxy Tab for less if you sign up for a two-year service contract.
It would be good to see all pictures on one page instead of many pages. This should definitely provide a good start for blackberry tablets. They should concentrate more on application development to actually beat the apple ipad2 and Samsung galaxy tablets.
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