Maxis launches BlackBerry PlayBook in Malaysia

July 18, 2011 by Galvin Tan in Events, Technology with 0 Comments

Maxis Berhad brings the BlackBerry PlayBook to Malaysian shores.

BlackBerry PlayBook exclusively with Maxis.

Maxis launched the new tablet at an exclusive event,  against a backdrop of breathtaking views of Kuala Lumpur skyline from The View at Level 29 of G Tower. I had the opportunity to attend the “by-invitation” event last Friday and got a first-hand look at the powerful ultra-tablet that everyone is talking about.

Jean Pascal Van Overbeke, Maxis's Chief Operating Officer giving his opening speech during the exclusive launch of BlackBerry PlayBook by Maxis.

Jean Pascal Van Overbeke, Maxis’s Chief Operating Officer and host of the event said, “We are pleased today to launch this beautiful new sophisticated tablet, the BlackBerry PlayBook first and exclusively to our customers. In addition, we are providing them with special offers on BlackBerry Internet Service plans to make their communications experience more meaningful.”

Dany Bolduc, VP of RIM Malaysia giving his speech at the exclusive launch of BlackBerry PlayBook by Maxis.

BlackBerry PlayBook offer from Maxis

It is indeed a special offer as Maxis offers its customer the new BlackBerry PlayBook at the affordable retail price of RM1,599 for 16GB; RM1,899 for 32GB and RM2,199 for the 64GB model. Event better, existing Maxis BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) users can get the PlayBook tablet for as low as RM990 when they sign up for the 3GB PlayBook data plan with their BlackBerry smartphone.

Representatives from Maxis and RIM at the launch of the BlackBerry PlayBook.

About the BlackBerry PlayBook

Crystal clear display on the BlackBerry PlayBook.

The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, Research In Motion’s first foray into the tablet arena, is one of the most highly anticipated devices of 2011 in the Malaysian market. The tablet boasts exciting features which include true multi-tasking, a best-in-class media experience, uncompromised web browsing web browsing with support for Adobe Flash, industry leading performance and secure access to enterprise data. The tablet is also a great companion device for the BlackBerry smartphone users.

First Impression

The BlackBerry PlayBook is a 7″ capacitive LCD touch screen tablet. A quick glance on the device and one may have mistaken it for a ‘black’ version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab. However, when you pick up the PlayBook, you can instantly tell that it’s a total different device. Although the device is less than one-half inch thick, the PlayBook weighs less than a pound (425 g) and isn’t the lightest device in the tablet market so far.

The apps on BlackBerry App World.

I am very impressed with it multi-tasking prowess thanks to it’s 1 Ghz dual-core processor. Despite watching a HD movie and having multiple apps and games running on the background, the PlayBook shows no significant signs of slowing down.

However great it is, I’m still not impress with the BlackBerry App World. Yes, it has games but with a limited choice and title number available, I really doubt their is much fun with the PlayBook. Nevertheless, the PlayBook is defintely a steal for existing BIS users and perhaps anyone who which to convert.

Curious guests checking out the BlackBerry Playbook during the launch event.

The glitzy launch event ended with 20 BlackBerry devices being giving away as lucky draw.

The BlackBerry PlayBook will be available at all Maxis Centres and Maxis Exclusive Partners nationwide from 17 July 2011.

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