New tablet PCs launched by BlackBerry and... Next?
The long-rumoured BlackPad project came to fruition last night, when BlackBerry officially launched the PlayBook. Pitched at business users, BlackBerry's traditional and robust userbase, the PlayBook is yet another device with a 7" screen, with front and rear facing cameras for video conferencing.
It'll have Bluetooth and WiFi, but not 3G - that'll only be available by tethering to a BlackBerry mobile. That's an odd move, since it means the PlayBook is less likely to attract adhoc sales from non-BlackBerry customers.
Meanwhile, the Christmas catalogue from Next is advertising a 10" touchscreen tablet from an unnamed manufacturer.
According to the blurb, it runs on Google's Android OS, has USB ports and a memory card slot, is WiFi enabled and costs... £180. Didn't they get the memo about unreasonably high prices?
Next are clearly out to undercut the early players in the tablet market, but this development also means we can expect more devices of a similar size and spec. All Next gifts are usually unbadged, so which manufacturer is behind this?