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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 9/28/2010 8:26:59 PM , Rating: 1
I think your statement had merit 5 years ago.

Artists/filmographers traditionally used Apple because it came with a lot of RAM and it used AMDs at a time when Intel was inferior (prior to the Core2 lineup - you remember those Pentium 4s).

AMDs were notably great with image editing, especially paired with Photoshop and 3D studios. However, that all started to change right around the time "The Lord of the Rings" (produced on Dells) came out, Hollywood started switching to non-Apple for professional business use. When the Core2 line came out, Apple dropped AMD and businesses had access to cheaper machines with the same processor (Intel) - big brands didn't offer AMD at the time. Hollywood stars still use[d] Apples for their personal machines.

"Professional" should not be taken literally, though. In the sense that people here are talking about, it is generally used to describe business professionals, which the majority use Microsoft Office and Windows.

RE: Professional?
By borismkv on 9/29/2010 12:45:28 PM , Rating: 2
Umm...Apple never used AMD processors. Prior to switching to Intel, they used processors developed by Motorola specifically for Apple, which, despite the bluster of Mac fanbois, were extremely slow in comparison to Intel and AMD's processors.

RE: Professional?
By vol7ron on 9/29/2010 11:22:17 PM , Rating: 1
Was it Motorolla? You're right, though, it wasn't AMD. I can't remember why I wrote that (maybe because of the ATI AGPs they used); still it wasn't AMD-ATI then.

I think they used some IBM procs for enterprise servers. I'll take your word for Motorolla, though. Regardless, I remember the performance tests of the time when it came to media compressions and performance (IntelPCs:shitty and Apple&AMDs:good).

Still Hollywood and apple were like fingers crossed, up until the early part of the millenium.

It doesn't apply, but something interesting:

AMD Athlon™ MP processor debuts: the company's first multiprocessing platform.
AMD HyperTransport™ technology is adopted by Agilent, Apple Computer, Broadcom, Cisco Systems, IBM, nVidia, Sun, and Texas Instruments.

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