RIM Unveils Ultra Thin BlackBerry Playbook With 7-Inch Display, 1 GHz Dual-Core Processor and True Multitasking

Written By Sam on 28 September 2010

Research In Motion (RIM) has unveiled its new professional-grade BlackBerry Playbook tablet and BlackBerry Tablet OS. Being touted as an “army of one”, the  Playbook is reportedly designed to give users web browsing, multitasking and multimedia capabilities. RIM is confident the Playbook is a “game-changing product”, and it is bound to heat up competition in the tablet market further.

Look-wise, the tablet features a 7-inch display and measures less than half an inch thick and weighs under a pound. It comes with a 1 GHz dual-core processor and support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR and HTML-5. The Playbook includes dual HD cameras for video capture and video conferencing that can both record HD video at the same time, an HDMI-out port and a media player.

For Playbook users who carry a BlackBerry smartphone, it will also be possible to pair their tablet and smartphone using a secure Bluetooth connection. The BlackBerry Tablet OS is built upon the QNX Neutrino microkernel architecture. The BlackBerry Tablet OS will also support Java, enabling developers to bring their existing BlackBerry 6 Java applications to the BlackBerry Tablet OS environment.

BlackBerry Playbook Features

  • 7-inch 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)
  • BlackBerry Tablet OS is built upon the QNX Neutrino microkernel architecture.

The BlackBerry Playbook is expected to be available in retail outlets in the United States in early 2011 with rollouts in other international markets beginning in Q2 next year. RIM intends to also offer 3G and 4G models in the future.

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