Research in Motion (RIM) has officially introduced a tablet device called BlackBerry PlayBook.
The PlayBook is designed for web browsing, communication, multimedia, entertainment, and business. Measuring less than half an inch thick, the 0.9-pound tablet has a 7-inch multi-touch capacitive display at 1024×600 pixels and runs the brand new QNX-based BlackBerry Tablet OS with multitasking support and out-of-the-box compatibility with BlackBerry Enterprise Server.
RIM’s tablet supports Adobe Flash Player 10.1 and HTML 5 and is capable to play 1080p HD videos. It supports applications based on Adobe Mobile AIR, POSIX, OpenGL, Java, and the just announced BlackBerry WebWorks app platform that “will allow apps to be written to run on PlayBook tablets as well as BlackBerry smartphones with BlackBerry 6 OS”.
BlackBerry PlayBook users will be able to connect the tablet to a BlackBerry smartphone via a secure Bluetooth connection.
“This means they can opt to use the larger tablet display to seamlessly and securely view any of the email, BBM, calendar, tasks, documents and other content that resides on (or is accessible through) their smartphone. They can also use their tablet and smartphone interchangeably without worrying about syncing or duplicating data,” RIM says.
The PlayBook will be able to access 3G mobile broadband networks via existing BlackBerry smartphone service plans and has built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi, as well as Bluetooth 2.1. In addition, RIM intends to offer PlayBook models with embedded 3G and 4G connectivity.
Regarding core computing components, the device runs on a 1GHz ARM dual-core processor and has 1GB of RAM. It is expected to ship with 32GB and 64GB of internal storage capacity.
The PlayBook features a front facing 3MP and rear-racing 5MP web camera, and microHDMI and microUSB ports.
It is expected to hit the U.S. market in early 2011 with rollouts in other international markets beginning in Q2 2011.