Add another big name in the tablet war: RIM has announced its first tablet ever, the BlackBerry PlayBook!
Presented at this year BlackBerry DevCon event, this new tablet shows guts:
- 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)
- Additional features and specifications of the BlackBerry PlayBook will be shared on or before the date this product is launched in retail outlets.
The device has been presented by RIM’s Founder and Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis as a BlackBerry companion aimed at the business user, with some eye blinking to consumers and BlackBerry wannabes (HDMI, 1080p playback and dual cameras). It is not equipped with phone connection and is thought to be used together with the BlackBerry.
Amazon.com has already promised Kindle support for the PlayBook… Any thoughts?
Meanwhile give a look to the video presentation below.