The signs were all pointing towards the BlackBerry Mini Keyboard for the BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet launching shortly and it is almost here. RIM has made the PlayBook keyboard case official and has opened up preorders on ShopBlackBerry and TheSource.ca in Canada. All the features we reported on earlier are there along with the $119.99 price tag and a March 23rd shipping date.
The main features outlined by the BlackBerry Business blog are:
Multi-touch Control – BlackBerry Mini Keyboard comes equipped with a touchpad to allow you to navigate your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. Tap the touchpad to simulate a mouse click, tap with two fingers to right-click, and scroll vertically using a two-finger up or down swipe. These gestures make it a breeze to get up and running and begin interacting with the device as well as apps like the Citrix Receiver.
Ultimate Portability – The portability of the BlackBerry Mini Keyboard with the convertible case provides a mobile computer solution that’s easy to take with you. An added benefit is the screen real estate available to you when using the BlackBerry Mini Keyboard with your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.
Security and Power – BlackBerry Mini Keyboard is designed to connect via Bluetooth® to your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, and features 128-bit encryption to help keep the connection secure. You can charge your BlackBerry Mini Keyboard using your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet charger to keep things simple and remove any need for extra wires and equipment. But that’s not even the best part – the BlackBerry Mini Keyboard can last up to30 days on a single charge depending on your usage!
You can find the keyboard on ShopBlackBerry here or from thesource.ca in Canada. Full press release below:
RIM Introduces the BlackBerry Mini Keyboard for the BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet
WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – March 13, 2012) –
Editors Note: A photo for this release is available via Marketwire on the picture wire of The Canadian Press and AP PhotoExpress.
Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today introduced the BlackBerry(R) Mini Keyboard(TM), a new accessory for the BlackBerry(R) PlayBook(TM) tablet.
The BlackBerry Mini Keyboard is ultra portable and comes complete with a stylish convertible case that doubles as a stand for the tablet. In addition to a full QWERTY keyboard, it offers an integrated touchpad that allows users to navigate and control the BlackBerry PlayBook as easily as using the touch screen on the tablet itself. When the keyboard is active, the PlayBook tablet’s virtual keyboard remains hidden, freeing up 100% 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.
-- Powerful Multi-touch Control - The BlackBerry Mini Keyboard comes equipped with 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. -- Ultimate Portability - The BlackBerry Mini Keyboard is ultra-portable and lightweight, measuring less than 6mm thick. -- Security - The BlackBerry Mini Keyboard connects to your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet via Bluetooth(R), and features 128-bit encryption to keep the data passed between keyboard and tablet secure. -- Powered and Ready When You Need It - 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. -- Third Party App Support - The BlackBerry Mini Keyboard is a great productivity enhancer. 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 now available for pre-order internationally atwww.shopblackberry.com for US$119.99. In Canada, it is also available for pre-order exclusively at The Source – www.thesource.ca.