A couple of weeks after RIM previewed the BlackBerry PlayBook, the company has released a video showing the functionality between the tablet and the traditional BlackBerry line of smartphones, as well as the PlayBook’s full capacity to run traditional business software, programs, and applications.
As demonstrated in the video, the PlayBook essentially becomes an extension of a BlackBerry in a one-to-one relationship, syncing over BlackBerry Bridge, with full access to the email, calendar, contacts, as well as other documents and applications, all with BlackBerry’s enterprise-level security and encryption. When together, the PlayBook becomes an always-connected device, but when apart, the PlayBook reverts to a Wi-Fi tablet. It’s still unclear how the BlackBerry 4G PlayBook will handle syncing.
Even though this video seems to be an attempt by RIM to convince the enterprise crowd on the PlayBook, RIM also hopes to market the PlayBook to consumers as well, made evident by the early marketing push that stresses the specs and device’s processing power.
Pricing and release for the PlayBook are still hazy. RIM has claimed it will be available during Q1, but hasn’t set a hard and fast date.