Blackberry Playbook

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Blackberry Playbook
Blackberry Playbook
Manufacturer Blackberry
Technical specifications
Mass storage 16, 32 or 64  GB flash memory
processor 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 (dual core)
random access memory 1 GB RAM
screen LCD touchscreen
17.8 cm (7  inch )
1024 × 600  pixels
Digital camera
3-megapixel front and
5-megapixel rear 1080p HD video
Current operating system Blackberry Tablet OS (QNX)

Radio links

  • WiFi 802.11a / b / g / n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR


battery pack
(according to the manufacturer)
Max. 7.8 hours
measures and weight
Dimensions (H × W × D) 130  mm  × 194 mm × 10 mm
Weight 425  g

The Blackberry Playbook is a tablet computer based on the Blackberry Tablet OS (QNX) from the Canadian company Blackberry (formerly Research In Motion ). The PlayBook is operated via a touch-sensitive touchscreen .


The device was presented at the RIM developer conference DevCon in San Francisco on September 27, 2010 as the “first professional tablet” and as an answer to the Apple iPad . The playbook was released on April 19, 2011 in 20,000 stores simultaneously in the US market. The device was also sold in Germany in mid-June 2011.

The PlayBook 3G + was sold in Canada from August 2012 and in Germany from the end of September 2012. In addition to the wireless connection options WiFi and Bluetooth available for the PlayBook, the device also supports the UMTS / HSPA + cellular standard .


The PlayBook should appeal to customers who want to use the device professionally and privately. In order to ensure the security of business data, Blackberry offers the bridge function as an app with which e.g. B. the company's own Blackberry smartphone can be connected to the PlayBook via Bluetooth. The PlayBook then functions as a separate screen and input device in which only selected applications of the Blackberry smartphone such as calendar, contacts, notes, messages, tasks and Blackberry Messenger can be edited, but not saved locally.

In addition, like the competitors from Apple ( iOS ) and Google ( Android ) , the device supports the usual tablet applications such as Internet surfing, instant messaging, video and image viewing, e-book readers, games, document editing, navigation, etc. With the in February In 2012, the update from OS 1.0 to OS 2.0 offered by RIM free of charge, the PlayBook received an independent mail client so that contacts, calendars and mails can be managed without a bridge function. This update also included a stronger integration of social networks and a better connection between PlayBook and Blackberry smartphone. The update to OS 2.1 followed on October 3, 2012.

scope of delivery

In addition to the tablet computer and the documents, the scope of delivery included a micro-USB charger, a micro-USB transfer cable, a black bag and a cleaning cloth as standard.

Sales figures

In the first year after the start of sales, RIM was able to sell around 1.35 million units, in the second year it was still around 1 million units.


model PlayBook PlayBook 3G +
Storage 16, 32 or 64 GB 32 GB
Battery life approx. 7.8 h
Battery capacity 20 Wh
Weight 425 g
Dimensions 194 × 130 × 10 mm
Screen size 178 mm (7 inches )
Screen resolution 1024 × 600 pixels (128: 75)
camera two
• front: photo: 3 megapixels, video: 1080p ,
• rear: photo: 5 megapixels, video: 1080p
random access memory 1 GB
CPU clock 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A9
(dual core)
1.5 GHz TI OMap 4460
(dual core)
Connectivity • WLAN (802.11a / b / g / n)
• Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
• Micro-USB
• Micro-HDMI
• 3.5 mm headphone socket
• WLAN (802.11a / b / g / n)
• UMTS / HSPA (900/1900/2100 MHz)
• Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
• Micro-USB
• Micro-HDMI
• 3.5 mm headphone socket
operating system Blackberry Tablet OS 2.1 Blackberry Tablet OS 2.1


All PlayBook tablets have a high-resolution capacitive 7 inch WSVGA touchscreen. A 1 GB RAM is used in all devices. The tablets are depending on the version with a 16, 32 and 64  GB large flash memory available, which can not be extended retroactively.

All devices support WLAN with the standards 802.11a / b / g / n and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) . Furthermore, a GPS receiver for navigation, an accelerometer for 6-axis motion detection ( gyroscope ) and a digital compass ( magnetometer ) are integrated.

Two batteries are built into the device, which together have a capacity of 20 Wh. On the upper side of the housing there is a button for switching the device on / off, volume and volume control of the two integrated loudspeakers and for starting / pausing music and video applications. The PlayBook is equipped with two HD video 1080p cameras. The front includes a 3 megapixel camera and the rear a 5 megapixel camera.


On the underside of the housing there is a micro-USB connection for the charging cable or USB data cable, a micro- HDMI connection for connecting to a television or screen and a connection for the optionally available quick-charging station. A 3.5 mm headphone jack is integrated on the top of the tablet.


The first generation PlayBook is equipped with a 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core processor. This model was offered with 16, 32 and 64 GB of storage. The operating system of the PlayBook shipped since February 2012 was version OS 2.0. The tablet has been updated to version 2.1 since October 2012.

PlayBook 3G +

The second generation was delivered with a 1.5 GHz TI OMap 4460 dual-core processor. The devices were only offered with a 32 GB memory version. In addition to WLAN and Bluetooth, the PlayBook 3G + includes a cellular function that supports UMTS / HSPA +. In Canada and the USA, the device was offered as PlayBook 4G LTE with a different cellular card. An LTE variant for Europe and Latin America was planned for 2012, but production was discontinued by RIM. There is an opening for a micro- SIM card on the underside of the device for cell phone use , which is closed by a plastic cover to prevent dirt. The tablet was shipped with OS version 2.1 and was available worldwide from August 9, 2012. For the start of sales, RIM worked with the Canadian network operators Bell, Rogers and TELUS.


The QNX -based Blackberry Tablet OS is used as the operating system in the PlayBook . In addition to the programs already included in the operating system, additional apps can be downloaded and installed from the so-called Blackberry App World either free of charge or for a fee. The operating system of the PlayBook is multitasking , so that you can switch between several programs running at the same time. The device also supports Adobe Flash 10.1 and HTML5 , where it led the tablet market with 373 points in version 2.0 in the HTML5 test and expanded this lead to 393 points in version 2.1.

With OS 2.0, the PlayBook is compatible with Android 2.3. This allows these apps to be installed in the device after porting them to the Blackberry format .bar . The ported apps will be published in the Blackberry App World after successful certification by RIM.


At the end of November 2011, it became known that the security system of the Playbook OS operating system had been cracked by hackers, which enabled full access to the Blackberry Playbook. However, RIM managed to close this gap in the system from version 2.0 onwards.

Supported media formats

The Blackberry PlayBook supports a wide variety of audio and video formats.

File format component Codec Profiles comment









Video H.264 Baseline, Main and High (up to 4.2) profile CBP, 20 Mbit / s
MPEG4 Simple and Advance
Simple profile
Level 0,1,2,3,4A, 5
and 6
MPEG-2 Up to Simple Profile Main Level and
Main Profile High Level
Audio AAC AAC-LC (96 kbit / s or higher),
HE-AAC v1 and v2 (128 kbit / s or higher), stereo 5.1
AVI Video MPEG4 Simple and Advance
Simple profile
Level 0,1,2,3,4A, 5
and 6
H.264 Baseline, Main and High (up to 4.2) profile CBP, 20 Mbit / s
MPEG2 Up to Simple Profile Main Level and
Main Profile High Level
Audio MP3 MPEG1,2 and 2.5, Layer 3, stereo 128 kbit / s




Video VC-1 Simple, Main and Advance
(up to Level 3) profile
Audio Windows Media Audio 9
Windows Media Audio 10 8 kbit / s or higher
Windows Media Audio 10 Professional 128 kbit / s or higher with stereo 5.1
Windows Media Audio Lossless 128 kbit / s or higher with stereo 5.1
Audio MP3, AAC, PCM MPEG1,2 and 2.5, Layer 3, stereo 128 kbit / s
F4V Video VP6 Software decoding
Sorenson Spark Software decoding



PlayBook in the erected convertible case.

Various bags in black leather or imitation leather are available for the device. With the so-called convertible case made of synthetic leather, the PlayBook is used precisely and can be fixed upright with the stand integrated in the case.

Charging station

PlayBook plugged into the charging station. The incline of the charging station optimizes the viewing angle of the PlayBook.

A quick charging station is available for the PlayBook, with which the device is charged twice as quickly as with the standard USB charging cable. The charging station has a special 90 ° connection and foot so that the device stands like a picture frame during the charging process and you can continue to work.


In March 2012, a mini keyboard was offered specifically for the PlayBook. As of April 2010, this could only be obtained from the US Blackberry shop. The keyboard therefore has the English key layout ( QWERTY ). The mini keyboard was delivered together with a so-called convertible case, in which the PlayBook and the keyboard can be transported together.


In June 2011, RIM started a recall campaign for around 1,000 playbooks, as they did not allow the installation of new programs due to an operating system error. In many tests, up to the release of Playbook OS 2.0, it was criticized that the tablet did not have its own mail client.

Web links

Commons : Blackberry PlayBook  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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  2. PlayBook: RIM introduces its Blackberry tablet. ( Memento from September 30, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) Article on Chip Online, September 28, 2010.
  3. Domenic Kumm: Blackberry PlayBook from now on in Germany. News report at from June 15, 2011.
  4. Blackberry PlayBook 3G specifications  ( page no longer available , search in web archives )@1@ 2Template: Toter Link / Article at MacBerry from January 26, 2012.
  5. Blackberry PlayBook 3G + expected marketing start at the end of August 2012  ( page no longer available , search in web archives )@1@ 2Template: Toter Link / Article on MacBerry from July 25, 2012.
  6. Blackberry (RIM) Playbook Tablet - The test article at App Developers Directory, accessed on April 11, 2012.
  7. New firmware: Blackberry PlayBook OS 2.0 in the video check Netzwelt, February 22, 2012, accessed on February 27, 2012.
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  9. 260,000 in the first quarter ( press release (PDF; 141 kB) from June 28, 2012, accessed on June 28, 2013), 130,000 in Q2 ( press release (PDF; 68 kB) from September 27, 2012, accessed on June 28, 2013 ), 255,000 in Q3 ( press release (PDF; 74 kB) of December 20, 2012, accessed on June 28, 2013) and 370,000 in Q4 ( press release (PDF; 119 kB) of March 28, 2013, accessed on June 28, 2013 )
  10. Jan Kluczniok: High-speed tablet: RIM introduces Blackberry 4G LTE PlayBook. In: netzwelt. August 3, 2012, accessed August 6, 2012 .
  11. Blackberry Playbook was cracked Article on Golem, November 29, 2011.
  12. RIM: Supported Media Types on Blackberry Tablets (English) ( Memento from October 2, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) (PDF; 692 kB) Retrieved April 15, 2012.
  13. Blackberry Mini Keyboard for the Playbook Review HD ( Memento from April 2, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) Article by MacBerry from March 31, 2012.
  14. a b RIM: Recall of 1,000 PlayBooks. ( Memento from May 20, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) Message from Chip-online from June 17, 2011.