RIM Announces the BlackBerry PlayBook

By  Jeff Goldman — September 27, 2010

At BlackBerry DEVCON 2010 in San Francisco, Research In Motion unveiled the new BlackBerry PlayBook tablet and BlackBerry Tablet OS.
The BlackBerry PlayBook has a 7" high resolution display, a 1 GHz dual-core processor, and runs the new BlackBerry Tablet OS, which supports true symmetric multiprocessing. It's less than half an inch thick, and weighs less than a pound.
The device supports Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR and HTML-5, and boasts dual HD cameras that can both record HD video at the same time.
The tablet is designed to be paired with a BlackBerry smartphone over Bluetooth, allowing users to view all activity on their smartphone using the PlayBook's larger screen. 3G and 4G models of the BlackBerry PlayBook are also planned.
"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," says company president and co-CEO Mike Lazaridis. "The BlackBerry PlayBook solidly hits the mark with industry leading power, true multitasking, uncompromised web browsing and high performance multimedia."
A video introducing the new device can be viewed here.
The BlackBerry PlayBook is expected to be available in Q2 2011.


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