answer to the Apple
iPad has been rumored for at least
a few months, but the company made its new device official today.
The 7" tablet is called
the PlayBook and runs the BlackBerry Tablet OS which is based on
Neutrino microkernel architecture.
RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis describes the device as "the
first professional tablet".
PlayBook features a 7” touch screen (1024x600), dual-core Cortex A9
processor, 1GB of RAM, and will have both HDMI and
USB ports. Unlike the Apple iPad, the 9.7mm-thick PlayBook will have
both a front-facing and rear camera. The device can also
playback both HTML5 and Adobe Flash content.
the PlayBook supports 802.11n and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. Although it won't be available at launch, RIM intends to release versions of the PlayBook with 3G and 4G functionality. “RIM set out to engineer the best professional-grade tablet in the industry with cutting-edge hardware features and one of the world's most robust and flexible operating systems,” said Lazaridis. “The BlackBerry PlayBook solidly hits the mark with industry leading power, true multitasking, uncompromised web browsing and high performance multimedia.”Full specs for the PlayBook are as follows:
details are still slowly trickling in about the device, so you can
watch a two-minute video here which
previews the device's operating system.