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RIM will join Apple, Samsung with a fresh tablet

RIM's 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 QNX Neutrino microkernel architecture. RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis describes the device as "the first professional tablet".

The 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.

Naturally, 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:

  • 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)

More 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. 



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RE: Professional?
By vol7ron on 9/27/2010 9:36:27 PM , Rating: 3
Perhaps more of a personal device for professionals (eg Wall Street Journals, unrestricted web, stocks, etc).

I'm curious about:
  1)   Battery life
  2)   If I can put a different OS on it (Droid/Win7)
  3)   If it has a GPS antenna

Otherwise, it has almost everything I want. I still want infrared transmitter to control my TV and I hope it's implementing Tegra II as opposed to just Cortex A9.


RE: Professional?
By quiksilvr on 9/28/2010 9:44:20 AM , Rating: 2
1) Probably less than the iPad given the dual Cortex A9 chips
2) No.
3) No.


RE: Professional?
By TheRequiem on 9/28/2010 12:22:19 PM , Rating: 3
Does anyone else think "Playbook" doesn't sound to Proessional... or is it just me?


RE: Professional?
By acase on 9/28/2010 1:39:54 PM , Rating: 2
It sounds more professional than using the wrong "to".

(Sorry just being a dick)


RE: Professional?
By TheRequiem on 9/28/2010 3:43:29 PM , Rating: 2
Yes you are... ;)

However, ever heard of a typo? I typed "too" fast and didn't proof read it, so move on.


RE: Professional?
By acase on 9/28/2010 4:05:37 PM , Rating: 2
Well I had moved on from the "Proessional" typo already and then just thought the irony was kind of funny and had to make a comment. Moving along...


RE: Professional?
By nikon133 on 9/28/2010 4:38:05 PM , Rating: 3
Maybe it is for professional gamers..?


RE: Professional?
By vol7ron on 9/28/2010 8:38:21 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, studies show the dual chips require less power than single cores. The question is, do they require less power than Apples proc? The real debate is in the OS - software has a huge influence on power at these micro levels.


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