Mobile phone company Research In Motion (RIM) has launched its first ever tablet device in the UK today, the Blackberry Playbook.
The makers of the Blackberry series of mobiles is hoping to challenge the market dominating iPad and others such as the Samsung Galaxy in the lucrative and fast growing tablet market.
Features of the new device, which weighs 425g and measures 130mm x 194mm x 10mm, include an LCD touch screen, dual HD cameras, 1GB of RAM memory, GPS, gyroscope and digital compass.
It was launched in the US and Canada on April 19th 2011 and is becoming available to customers in 30 other countries over the next month.
Customers may be disappointed by the lack of email and calendar functions, which will be available in an update later in the year, as Blackberry phones made their name as a non-flashy but affective business tool.
Critics have also pointed out the small number of apps currently available on the platform which limit its appeal, and it will not be easy establishing itself against such well-known competitors.
Earlier this week fellow telecommunication company Nokia won an out of court settlement which it had been pursuing against Apple over patent infringement regarding the company’s iPhone product.
The accusations of stealing technology demonstrate the growing tension and competition within the sector, as mobile devices become increasingly ubiquitous.
Nokia is developing Windows-based phone at presents as the number of players in the smartphone and tablet industry continues to grow.