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Blackberry PlayBook from Maxis

At a launch party yesterday night, Maxis announced the availability of the Blackberry Playbook in Malaysia.

Existing Maxis BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) users can get the PlayBook tablet for as low as RM990 when they sign up for a 3 GB PlayBook data plan with their BlackBerry smartphone.

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

Full details over here-

Kuala Lumpur, 15 July 2011- Maxis customers will be able to enjoy the most powerful ultra-portable tablet to hit Malaysian shores with the launch of the BlackBerry® PlayBook™. Maxis Berhad (‘Maxis’), Malaysia’s leading integrated communications service provider, launched the new tablet at an exclusive event, against a backdrop of breathtaking views of the Kuala Lumpur skyline from The View at Level 29 of G Tower. The “by-invitation” event saw about 300 members of the media as well as customers, coming together for a night of devices, dinner, dancing and lucky draws. Twenty lucky guests also walked away with BlackBerry® devices.

Jean Pascal Van Overbeke, Maxis’ Chief Operating Officer and host of the event said, “Maxis has been constantly bringing the future to our customers, delighting them with enhanced communications experiences. We have invested in the building of an entire ecosystem that supports their communications needs – through providing them with the best devices, rate plans, network coverage and customer service. 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. Maxis customers today enjoy the widest fixed and wireless broadband footprint across Malaysia. This important feature of Maxis’ service provides customers with better speed and coverage; and will certainly provide for a truly optimised overall BlackBerry experience, enabling them to enjoy seamless connectivity even while on the go.”

Jean-Pascal added, “Maxis has consistently been the first to offer the latest advanced devices to our customers and we are proud to be the first operator to introduce the BlackBerry range of phones and wireless solutions in Malaysia in 2004. Since then, we have continued to expand our range of BlackBerry devices; offering unparalleled choice to our data driven customers. We also offer the widest range of Android devices in the market. We are humbled by the support from over 14 million customers nationwide, which has enabled us to be a clear leader in our field. Today’s celebration is a small gesture of Maxis’ appreciation for the ongoing support that has been shown to us over the years by our customers and members of the media.”

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

“The BlackBerry PlayBook is an incredibly powerful and feature-rich tablet that is ideal for both business and personal use,” said Dany Bolduc, Vice President, Malaysia at Research In Motion.  “We are thrilled to be working with Maxis in bringing the BlackBerry PlayBook to Malaysia,” added Bolduc.

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’s exciting features include true multi tasking, a best-in-class media experience, uncompromised 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 BlackBerry smartphone users who value affordability, reliability and high functionality. It acts as a secure window into the user’s BlackBerry smartphone data providing them with the ability to access email including attachments, BBM™ (BlackBerry® Messenger) chats, and other data on the smartphone.

Earlier in 2011, Maxis completed trials of Next Generation Long Term Evolution (“LTE”) technology that promises to quadruple current data speeds and network capacity. The Maxis High Speed IP network is now in place to support even more advanced services. Maxis is fully ready and committed to deploy LTE network once the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (SKMM) has announced the allocation of LTE spectrum.Moving forward, Maxis will continue to deploy network technologies and content that will enhance the customers’ ability to enjoy a wide range of mobile Internet services on their smart devices; encompassing areas such as entertainment, business, health and education – services that can serve to enrich the daily lives of all Malaysians.

Key high performance features of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet include:

  • 7″ 1024×600 WSVGA capacitive LCD touch screen
  • Ultra-portable at less than a pound and less than one-half inch thick: 0.9 lbs (425g) and 5.1” x 7.6” x 0.4” (130mm x 194mm x 10mm)
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • BlackBerry® Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing
  • MP3, AAC and WMA audio playback
  • Support for high resolution video playback (H.264, MPEG4, WMV) 1080p HDMI output
  • Dual 1080p HD cameras for video conferencing and video capture (3MP front and 5MP rear)
  • 1 GB RAM memory
  • Up to 64 GB internal storage (16, 32 and 64 GB models)
  • GPS, Orientation Sensor (Accelerometer), 6-Axis Motion Sensor (Gyroscope), Digital Compass (Magnetometer)
  • Stereo speakers and stereo microphones
  • Wi-Fi® (802.11 a/b/g/n) connectivity
  • Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR support

The BlackBerry PlayBook will be available at all Maxis Centres and Maxis Exclusive Partners nationwide from 17 July 2011. Maxis customers can dial 123 from their Maxis mobile or log on to for further information on the BlackBerry PlayBook and the related packages from Maxis.

Kugan is the co-founder of MalaysianWireless. He has been observing the mobile industry since 2003. Connect with him on Twitter: @scamboy

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