First came Apple’s iPad, then news released about the Samsung Galaxy Tab and now the announcement of the BlackBerry PlayBook! I’m sure there’s lots more to be released, I don’t own any but would love to play with one soon! The BlackBerry PlayBook is RIM’s new tablet which weighs less than a pound (approximately 0.9 lb or 400g), equipped with a vivid 7” high resolution display (1024 x 600 WSVGA), 1 GHz dual-core processor, the new BlackBerry Tablet OS, ability to handle Flash content via Adobe Flash 10.1, dual HD cameras for video capture and video conferencing that can both record HD video at the same time, and more. I’m not gonna get all technical but it does sound promising, I seriously need to upgrade and get into the “tab” game!
The BlackBerry PlayBook is expected to be available in retail outlets and other channels in the United States in early 2011 with rollouts in other international markets beginning in (calendar) Q2. As a BlackBerry user I’m really excited about this! Are you excited?
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Key features and specifications of the BlackBerry PlayBook include:
• 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:
o Measures 5.1”x7.6”x0.4” (130mm x 193mm x 10mm)
o 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.
• RIM intends to also offer 3G and 4G models in the future.