RIM Blackberry Playbook Tablet announced

By on Sep 28, 2010 in Notebook, Technology Comments

Research in Motion (RIM), Blackberry maker yesterday announced it latest tablet, the Blackberry Playbook.

The announcement was made by RIM CEO Mike Lazaridis during the Devlon 2010 conference, which was held in San Francisco.

The Blackberry Playbook, price not announced, is said to be available at the start of 2011, and aims to go against the Apple iPad.

On the stage, with some visual aids, Lazaridis reportedly emphasized the Playbook‘s ability to play the “full web,” which is basically a euphemism for “Flash.”

Some attendees made a live blog post about it, and noted that Lazaridis has one on his hand but did not make a demo.

However, RIM issued an online press release yesterday containing the specifications and key features of the Blackberry Playbook.

Below are some of them.

• 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:
o Measures 5.1″x7.6″x0.4″ (130mm x 193mm x 10mm)
o Weighs less than a pound (approximately 0.9 lb or 400g)
• Additional features and specifications of the BlackBerry PlayBook will be shared on or before the date this product is launched in retail outlets.
RIM intends to also offer 3G and 4G models in the future.

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