Providing a sneak peak at the forthcoming 7-inch BlackBerry Playbook, RIM takes on the iPad head on in a browser speed test and performs quite well actually. On a number of sites, content appears to load much more quickly than it does on the iPad. The video also showcases how the Playbook can handle Flash content just fine while Apple’s iPad continues to lack support for the popular Adobe plugin.
The Playbook is expected to go on sale in early 2011, with RIM executives maintaining that it’s pricepoint will below that of the base model iPad. Keep in mind, though, that Apple will most likely announce and release iPad 2.0 sometime in early 2011 and the current iPad may very well see a significant price reduction, all but canceling out any price umbrella RIM was hoping to operate under.