10" and 4G PlayBook photos leak

Earlier today photos of RIM's new BlackBerry PlayBook tablets appeared on the Vietnamese forum Tinhte.vn. RIM was planning to release new tablets later this year, but this is the first time we're seeing physical proof. The photos show a brand new 10" model and an updated 7" model including 4G (assumed to be LTE). Surprisingly enough, the new 10" PlayBook's display doesn't have the same aspect ratio as the 7" tablets. For the first PlayBook RIM chose a 16:9 aspect ratio (like most Android tablets), but for the 10" model RIM is using a 4:3 aspect ratio, like the displays Apple uses for the iPad. 

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The new 10" PlayBook and the 4G edition of the 7" Playbook

Besides the display, there doesn't seem to be any difference in design between the new 10" and 7" 4G editions and the original PlayBook. All three of them feature a camera on the back and another one on the front for video chat. RIM also retained the flat and minimalistic design. The only difference seems to be that the BlackBerry logo on the front of the 10" tablet is now reflective and a lot more visible compared to the subtle grey logo on the 7" models.

It's impossible not to wonder how Apple will feel about the 10" PlayBook. From the front the iPad and 10" PlayBook look very similar - mostly because they share the same screen size, aspect ratio and black bezels. The sides and back of the PlayBook are quite different though.

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The new 10" PlayBook compared with Apple's iPad

The pictures of the insides of the 10" model also reveal the battery capacity to be 26,82Wh, which is not far off the battery capacity of the iPad 2 (25Wh). The current 7" Playbook is powered by a 20Wh battery, but the new 4G edition of the 7" PlayBook will have to do with 17,76Wh instead. Considering the 7" edition wasn't stellar in battery life with the 20Wh battery, we hope this means RIM has optimized the software to at least retain the same battery life with the newer (and smaller) battery.

That brings us to an unanswered question: what operating system does it run? While the current version of PlayBook OS 2.0 isn't all that bad, it can be expected that RIM will launch their new tablets with BlackBerry 10. Recent reports from RIM stated that the first devices running BlackBerry 10 have been delayed to Q1 2013, though. Originally these devices where still supposed to hit the shelves in 2012. Launching them with an updated version of PlayBook OS 2.0 and updating them to BlackBerry 10 later on wouldn't be impossible (the original PlayBook is getting an update to BlackBerry 10), but it might not be the best decision for RIM. The current PlayBook didn't sell all that well before receiving serious price cuts, and without new software these new tablets might not appeal to many. But without an official announcement from RIM, all we can do is wait.

Via: Tweakers.net (Dutch) (translation)
Source and more images: Tinhte.vn (Vietnamese) (translation)

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Personally I think the Blackberry OS is the second best OS next to the iPad. Much better than Android and I can't compare it to Windows 8 because I haven't used it.

boydp182 said,
Personally I think the Blackberry OS is the second best OS next to the iPad. Much better than Android and I can't compare it to Windows 8 because I haven't used it.

BBOS better than Android ROFLMFAO!!!! Oh...you were serious....awkward...

nekkidtruth said,

BBOS better than Android ROFLMFAO!!!! Oh...you were serious....awkward...


You'd be surprised though. It's fun to work with and the multitasking is absolutely brilliant, much better than Android, Windows RT or iOS. The edge gestures are extremely useful.

Ambroos said,

You'd be surprised though. It's fun to work with and the multitasking is absolutely brilliant, much better than Android, Windows RT or iOS. The edge gestures are extremely useful.

I was originally going to just continue being a jerk, simply due to the fact that I find it humorous. But I'll put aside my douchebaggery for the moment.

I'll be completely honest, I definitely see the potential in BBOS 10. RIM as a company on the other hand is repeatedly shooting itself in the foot and it makes me horribly sad as a Canadian. I know BBOS 10 can turn Blackberry around, but it really should have been here by now. That being said, for me personally it would need to be absolutely incredible to pull me away from Android and it's easily customizable OS.

Could RIM pick a worst possible time to launch? MS releasing Win8 & Surface, updated Kindle Fire, Android tablets with JellyBean....

n_K said,
The top picture looks like there's a bullet through the back half of the device

I suspect that is the reflection of an unlit light bulb on a white ceiling you're seeing there Have a look at the other pictures, it's visible on most of them (but always in a different place).

Ambroos said,

I suspect that is the reflection of an unlit light bulb on a white ceiling you're seeing there Have a look at the other pictures, it's visible on most of them (but always in a different place).

Excuse me, but what kind of bulb is darker than a ceiling surrounding it?
Must be an active shadow bulb!

Glassed Silver:ios

Glassed Silver said,

Excuse me, but what kind of bulb is darker than a ceiling surrounding it?
Must be an active shadow bulb!

Glassed Silver:ios


Possibly Or it's some sort of smoke alarm. Or just the shadow cast by the bulb. Or ceiling cat!

Ambroos said,

Possibly Or it's some sort of smoke alarm. Or just the shadow cast by the bulb. Or ceiling cat!

It's Jesus!!!