RIM’s Tablet: The BlackBerry PlayBook

It’s finally out of the bag, BlackBerry maker Research in Motion has finally unveiled their tablet device at the BlackBerry DEVCON 2010: the BlackBerry PlayBook. RIM claims that the PlayBook is the very first tablet device to be true multiprocessing, multi-tasking tablet for professionals.

BlackBerry PlayBook

The features and specs of the PlayBook are as follows:

  • 7” LCD, 1024 x 600, WSVGA, capacitive touch screen with full multi-touch and gesture support
  • BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Dual HD cameras (3 MP front facing, 5 MP rear facing), supports 1080p HD video recording
  • Video playback: 1080p HD Video, H.264, MPEG, DivX, WMV
  • Audio playback: MP3, AAC, WMA
  • HDMI video output
  • Wi-Fi – 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Connectors: microHDMI, microUSB, charging contacts
  • Open, flexible application platform with support for WebKit/HTML-5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, POSIX, OpenGL, Java

Ultra thin and portable:

  • Measures 5.1”x7.6”x0.4” (130mm x 193mm x 10mm)
  • Weighs less than a pound (approximately 0.9 lb or 400g)

RIM also announced the 3G and 4G models will be released in the future. From the teaser video above, the PlayBook can be paired to a BlackBerry phone via Bluetooth which allows the user to project images from the phone onto the PlayBook.

It would be made available in the US in early 2011 and the rest of the world later on that year. No pricing details have been given yet. For now, we just have to wait and see until the production unit ships. It would be interesting how the PlayBook will do in the tablet niche and against the Apple iPad.

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