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RIM BlackBerry PlayBook: the details

BlackBerry PlayBook takes on iPad and Galaxy Tab

Research in Motion's tablet is not the BlackPad, but the BlackBerry PlayBook, a 7-inch rival to Apple's iPad and Samsung's Galaxy Tab. The tablet will ship "early 2011" according to RIM and sports some impressive specs including support for dual-processors, Flash support, and video resolutions up to 1080i.

BlackBerry introduced the PlayBook at DevCon 2010, its conference for developers. A press release and promo video on YouTube provide more information.

Here's what we know so far about RIM's tablet:

-The hardware measures 5.1-by-7.6-by-0.4 inches, and weighs less than a pound.

-The touchscreen measures 7-inches.

-It has a 1 GHz dual-core processor with symmetrical multiprocessing capabilities, and 1 GB of RAM

-HD cameras are on the front (3 megapixels) and rear (5 megapixels) of the device, and 1080p video recording is supported.

-There is microUSB support and microHDMI output.

-Wi-Fi is 802.11 a/b/g/n, and there's Bluetooth 2.1

-No mention of 3G or 4G connectivity. All Things D reports that RIM could announce mobile broadband tablets in the future.
-It connects directly to BlackBerry Enterprise server

-The OS is confirmed to be built by QNX, which RIM acquired last spring.

-The software supports HTML5 and Flash 10.1 with hardware-accelerated video.

-There will be multitasking.

-The promo video refers to the Blackberry Playbook as an "enterprise ready, professional tablet," but also describes it as "app rocking."

-According to IntoMobile, RIM says the PlayBook will be "an amazing gaming platform."

-Thank goodness it's not called the "BlackPad."

A PlayBook page will go up on BlackBerry's website, but for now it just redirects to a page on the Blackberry Torch.
The Blackberry Playbook will arrive in early 2011. No pricing was announced.

We'll have more information as it becomes available. Here is a RIM promotional video.

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