The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will have a video-chat feature when it will be released by RIM (NASDAQ:RIMM). According to David Heit, RIM vice president, the video-chat feature of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is aimed for business use. This is similar to the FaceTime app of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) which are utilize on some Apple devices.
The 7-inch BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will utilize a Cortex X9 microprocessor from and a RAM of 1GB. The tablet will also have a front camera to facilitate video chatting. The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet also has a rear-facing camera. The Wi-Fi version of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will be initially introduced while the other versions using WiMax, LTE and HSPA+ will be slated for release later on.
The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will reportedly sell for less than $500 with a possible release date of April 10. Reports indicated that Sear Canada will release the units to pre-order clients while Staples stores in the US will reportedly release the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet on April 17.
The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet was initially announced by RIM in September 2010 which indicated that the device will become available in the market in the early part of 2011. However RIM officials indicated that the introduction of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will be in the first quarter of 2011.
The date of the availability of the device in the market was not yet officially revealed by the company despite the reports on the April 10 availability. With the upcoming release of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, the tablet market will have another competitor which is currently dominated by the Apple iPad followed by the Samsung Galaxy Tab.