RIM is all ready to announce the launch of a Bluetooth keyboard for the BlackBerry PlayBook. This keyboard will be an official accessory for the PlayBook and it will offer the additional functionality for the users who do not like to type using the on-screen keyboard.
RIM has tied up with the online retail chain, The Source based in Canada and this will help the company in launching the accessories for the PlayBook but this is only for the users in Canada intially.
The keyboard will be housed inside a soft case that will double as a cradle for the tablet. The users can install this keyboard with the tablet and enjoy the added capability of the accessory. It has an inbuilt battery pack that enables the wireless connectivity and makes it portable to use.
It makes use of the encrypted wireless connectivity than the Bluetooth thereby making it easy to use with PlayBook. But the drawback is that the encryption can be supported only by the PlayBooks and thereby it cannot be used with the other devices.
The keyboard has a fully functional track pad and additional keys on the right and left on the track pad. These make sure that there is no need for the user to touch the tablet at all. A standard Blackberry charger is used to charge the battery pack of the keyboard.
The PlayBook keyboard is scheduled to be launched on March 23rd. As we have mentioned above, this device will be available only for the Canadians initially. It will later be made available for all the users across the world in few weeks.