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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 chick0n on 9/28/2010 9:45:56 AM , Rating: 0
That simply means you don't know what real professional uses.

People use Apple cuz they "thought" Apple is more simple to use + its "COOL" to use Apple. but once they realized you simply can't do any serious work on ANY Apple product. they switch and never look back.

sounds like you use Apple and is thats why your music failed to get famous ? LOL !!!

RE: Professional?
By Enoch2001 on 9/28/2010 11:54:30 AM , Rating: 1
Right. That's exactly why the dozen or so workstations in the production studio I work in are all Macs. And that's precisely why the television and film that has passed through our "unprofessional studio" are watched by audiences all across America every day of the week.

You're not only delusional, but clearly out of touch with reality.

Fanboys are irritating, but ill-informed fanboys who clench to untruths are downright depressing.

Move along...

RE: Professional?
By Kutcher on 9/28/2010 12:38:21 PM , Rating: 5
Why is it that any time any one mentions the business/professionnal world and Apple every fanboy jumps up and screams about the entertainement industry. Yes we are all aware that probably the vast majority of the entertainement industry uses Apple but in terms of the key professional industries of society, entertainement is pretty far down the list.

Engineers, Doctors, Lawyers, Labs, Military, Government, etc. almost exlusively use PC. Yes, there are a few places were Apple devices are integrated but they're for specific tasks. So please will you fanboys understand that the entertainement industry is a small portion of the professional/business world that gets way more credit and attention than it should.

Macs are fun and easy to use, which is why I bought one for my wife, but I don't think I'll be doing any civil infrastructure design on a Mac any time soon.

RE: Professional?
By mkrech on 9/29/2010 1:18:13 PM , Rating: 2
but I don't think I'll be doing any civil infrastructure design on a Mac any time soon.

You may want to reconsider that expectation:

Expect the Mac client to be faster and less encumbered by the years of poor UX design that is typical in the current windows client.

"This is about the Internet.  Everything on the Internet is encrypted. This is not a BlackBerry-only issue. If they can't deal with the Internet, they should shut it off." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis

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