RIM Unveils BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet

Posted by at 1:19 pm on September 27, 2010

RIM today unveiled the PlayBook. The PlayBook has a seven-inch, multi-touch display and is just 9.7mm thick. It’s designed as a browsing device with both a WebKit browser as well as Flash 10.1 and Adobe AIR support. The slate is billed as a media-heavy device with full 1080P video output over HDMI.   It also  has both three and five megapixel cameras on   the front and back.

Performance stems fro a 1GHz, dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor with 1GB of RAM. The device is running a new QNX-based operating system with full multitasking, symmetric multi-core.

Mail and Gaming

The PlayBook still taps into BlackBerry Enterprise Servers for e-mail. Gaming wil be core to the new tablet, it will include OpenGL video that can even drive hardware Flash acceleration.

Only WiFi For Now

It will so far get online only with 802.11n Wi-Fi; no word has been given on whether it can tether to a BlackBerry for 3G.

RIM doesn’t expect to ship the PlayBook until early 2011 in the US and spring in other countries.

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