7 inch RIM BlackBerry PlayBook tablet with dual-core CPU officially announced (video)

Research in Motion’s first tablet isn’t called BlackPad, and neither SurfBook: it’s the BlackBerry PlayBook – officially announced today.

The PlayBook has a 7 inch multitouch capacitive display with 1024 x 600 pixels (why, hello, Samsung Galaxy Tab) and runs the brand new BlackBerry Tablet OS, also announced today.

The tablet is, unsurprisingly, Adobe Flash 10.1 enabled, it has built in support for HTML 5, and RIM says it’s “ideal for games, media, apps and everything the real Internet offers.”

Of note is the 1 GHz dual-core processor of the tablet, and the inclusion of 1GB of RAM.

The PlayBook can be paired with a BlackBerry smartphone via secure Bluetooth connection for full access to Push technology, Email, calendar, BBM, documents, tasks and so on.

As for the BlackBerry Tablet OS, this is based on the QNX Neutrino microkernel architecture and thus it’s able to support “a professional grade tablet experience and to redefine the possibilities for mobile computing.”

Others specs and features of the PlayBook:

  • “True multi-tasking”
  • “3G access via existing BlackBerry smartphone service plan”
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • 5MP camera on the back, with HD video
  • 3MP front-facing camera for video-calling, also with HD capabilities
  • MicroUSB connector
  • Micro HDMI
  • DLNA media streaming
  • Rich stereo sound
  • “Out-of-the-box compatibility with BlackBerry Enterprise Server”
  • 130 x 194 x 10 mm (7.6 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches)
  • 400 grams (0.9 lbs)

Official video promo:

Unfortunately, for those who find the BlackBerry PlayBook interesting (and it sure is), the tablet will not be available this year. RIM expects to launch it in the US “in early 2011, with other markets to get it starting the second quarter of the year. Pricing has not been unveiled.

You can find out more about the PlayBook here at RIM.

Via Press release

Author: Florin

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  • http://pantechphones.info/ Pantech Phones

    the design of the new blackpad its nice, i like the black color :)

  • Anonymous

    “1GHz dual-core Cortex A9 processor”

    This for SURE is NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 processor! No other Cortex A9 based processors are ready for the market yet. We already have some idea how this platform performs thanks to numbers obtained from Quadrant and Toshiba AC100:


    Granted, Quadrant may only be utilizing one of the two cores since it may not be dual-core friendly.

    For those who are not aware of Tegra 2, here’s a good article:


  • http://lite.hk Ali

    surely the ‘Blackboard’???

  • Erictan2004

    This looks well designed, well thought of, but the delay in delivery will surely mean that the Koreans and Chinese and Taiwanese are gonna rip off the features very soon…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000081602187 Sergiy Shpak

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