Telecom Lead India: Research In Motion (RIM) has
introduced the BlackBerry Mini Keyboard, a new accessory for the BlackBerry
PlayBook tablet for $119.99.
In addition to QWERTY keyboard, it offers an integrated
touchpad that allows users to navigate and control the BlackBerry PlayBook.
When the keyboard is active, the PlayBook tablet’s virtual keyboard remains
hidden, freeing up 100 percent of the display for the task at hand.
“Whether you’re typing email, creating documents,
surfing the web or using other apps, the BlackBerry Mini Keyboard and its
integrated carrying case is an ideal accessory,” said James Poulton,
director, Advanced Accessories.
The BlackBerry Mini Keyboard features a touchpad that
supports BlackBerry PlayBook gestures. The touchpad also offers additional
gestures similar to the standard mouse and touchpad controls on a laptop,
including a single tap to simulate a mouse click, a two finger tap to
right-click, and a two-finger up or down swipe to scroll vertically.
It works with the new BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 Messages,
Contacts and Calendar apps as well as Documents To Go, and provides an optimal
user experience for third party apps such as Citrix Receiver, which allows
users to remotely access their Windows desktop and apps from the tablet.
The BlackBerry Mini Keyboard is ultra-portable and
lightweight, measuring less than 6mm thick.
The BlackBerry Mini Keyboard connects to BlackBerry
PlayBook tablet via Bluetooth, and features 128-bit encryption to keep the data
passed between keyboard and tablet secure.
The BlackBerry Mini Keyboard conveniently uses the
micro-USB charger that comes with the BlackBerry PlayBook (one less charger to
carry), and the keyboard battery lasts up to 30 days on a full charge.
RIM announces BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 in India
Recently, RIM announced that the new BlackBerry PlayBook
OS 2.0 is now available for download. At a press meet held in Delhi, India, RIM
said BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 delivers an enhanced tablet
experience and allows users to use the BlackBerry PlayBook in new ways.