RIM launches BlackBerry PlayBook

Jonathan Morris
September 27, 2010

RIM has introduced a tablet of its own, and it’s not Android. The new PlayBook will run on RIM’s all-new BlackBerry Tablet OS, offering up the Internet, games, multitasking and Enterprise features – plus a dual-core processor.

Unlike other tablets, RIM is aiming the PlayBook at large corporations or businesses of just one person. According to the company, it includes “uncompromised web browsing, true multitasking and high performance multimedia, while also providing advanced security features, out-of-the-box enterprise support and a breakthrough development platform for IT departments and developers.”

The ultra-portable tablet, lighter than an iPad, has a 7-inch high resolution display, mixing performance and portability. It’s powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor and a new operating system, BlackBerry Tablet OS, which supports ‘true symmetric multiprocessing’. It is built on QNX Neutrino microkernel architecture.

For web browsing there’s support for HTML5 and Adobe Flash 10.1 & Mobile AIR. There are dual HD cameras for video recording and video conferencing, plus an HDMI-out for showing pictures or presentations on external displays.

Used in conjunction with a BlackBerry smartphone, you can pair the tablet and phone using Bluetooth, viewing content from the smartphone on the PlayBook display. Data is synchronised so you can swap between one and the other without any fear of duplicating data.

For the Enterprise user, a secure connection over Bluetooth allows access to data kept on the smartphone and only temporarily cached to the tablet.

Key features:

  • 7-inch LCD, 1024×600 pixels (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: 130x193x10mm, 400g
  • Additional features and specifications of the BlackBerry PlayBook will be available on or before the launch date (to be confirmed, for early 2011 in the USA to begin)
  • RIM intends to also offer 3G and 4G models in the future.

More info: BlackBerry PlayBook (USA)

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