RIM’s BlackBerry Unveils Its PlayBook Tablet PC, Another iPad Rival

RIM’s BlackBerry Unveils Its PlayBook Tablet PC, Another iPad Rival

The Canadian BlackBerry maker Research In Motion is now officially in the tablet PC market along with tough rivals such as Dell (Streak), Samsung (Galaxy Tab), and Apple (iPad).

During its conference for developers DevCon 2010 the smartphone maker RIM unveiled the BlackBerry PlayBook — it is expected to be named as “BlackPad” — a thin 7 inch screen tablet, which will be available at the start of 2011.

While introducing the Playbook, RIM co-CEO and President Mike Lazaridis emphasized the tablet’s ability to play the “full web,” which is basically a euphemism for “Flash.” Lazaridis also added that the device is “enterprise ready.”

Some of the most notable features of the RIM PlayBook features a 7″ LCD, 1024 x 600, WSVGA, capacitive touch screen with full multi-touch and gesture support; 1GHz Dual-Core processor chip; 1GB RAM; QNX OS; Adobe Flash Player 10.1; Adobe Mobile AIR; HTML-5 support; a front and back-facing camera for videoconferencing; 1080p high-definition video playback; Wi-Fi.

Additional specs of the PlayBook include;

  • BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing
  • 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
  • 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
  • RIM intends to also offer 3G and 4G models in the future.

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