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RIM confirmed rumors of a tablet by introducing the BlackBerry PlayBook, a powerful 7-inch device that will offer a dual-core 1GHz processor, full HTML 5 browser, Flash 10.1 with video acceleration, 1 GB of RAM, 1080p playback with HDMI output and two HD cameras, all built atop the QNX operating system.

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RIM confirmed rumors of a tablet by introducing the BlackBerry PlayBook, a powerful 7-inch device that will offer a dual-core 1GHz processor, full HTML 5 browser, Flash 10.1 with video acceleration, 1 GB of RAM, 1080p playback with HDMI output and two HD cameras, all built atop the QNX operating system.

The PlayBook connects to all 250,000 BlackBerry Enterprise Servers, offering solid security and management and cementing its appeal with enterprise users. That’s how RIM is framing the PlayBook, first as an “enterprise-ready professional tablet.” But with a full WebKit browser, multitasking and multimedia support, it should appeal to consumers as well.

In April, RIM bought QNX, which had been working on the PlayBook operating system for at least a year. The QNX operating system has been deployed in cars, medical devices, networking gear from Cisco and other embedded machines.

Dan Dodge, CEO of QNX, said the operating system is advanced and modern, created with multiprocessing and security in mind. He said all of the learning QNX gained from other applications of the OS went into the PlayBook OS.

The platform will support a Java virtual machine to apparently support many of the existing BlackBerry apps. That addresses some of the questions about dividing developers between two platforms. Developers will also be able to create apps using WebWorks, RIM’s new platform for developing web apps and packaging them for BlackBerry App World. And they’ll be able to build Adobe Air apps as well 3-D applications that take advantage of the PlayBook’s support for Open GL.

Users will be able to tether the PlayBook with a BlackBerry handset via Bluetooth. RIM plans to offer 3G and 4G versions of the PlayBook in the future.

There’s no word on the pricing of the tablet. But it’s headed for release in early 2011.

Here’s a list of complete specs:

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:
    • Measures 5.1″x7.6″x0.4″ (130mm x 193mm x 10mm)
    • 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.

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  1. Hopefully some thing to counter apples arrogance

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  2. If they are targeting businesses and corporations, why name it Playbook?

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  3. How well will it browse the web? How will they catch up on the app side?

    They’ll get some business users but this wont compete with Android and Apple.

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  4. This will be a game changer!

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    1. Definetly makes the Galaxy Tab look obsolete. Should give Steve Jobs something to actually worry about.

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  5. Consider this a desperate bid to enter the luring tablet market. I’m afraid this fragment this market even further. Would interesting to see how willing the developer ecosystem to develop enticing app for this.

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  6. looks nice. I kinda want one.

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  7. This is huge if it integrates into BES services! Companies will be more willing to take the leap if a management system is already in place. QNX is a solid real time OS. Keeping java around allows developers to transition to the new platform. This is a good move by RIM.

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  8. Finally!!!… I’ve gotten used to the Tablet lifestyle with my iPad; but willing to trade it with a tablet that has Flash!!

    The Internet is missing without it. Love it or hate it…. Flash is everywhere!!

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    1. Really? I genuinely haven’t noticed the lack of flash on my ipad and it stay’s by my side pretty much all the time. I haven’t come across any video’s that won’t play now, but heh that might just be my browsing habits ?

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    2. I have an IPAD/Iphone 3Gs and to me the Internet fills incomplete, I use some different web sites that requires flash, we have in our church an Internet TV channel (just as an example), that is not Iphone/Ipad compatible (Livestream) is trying to move but it seems is not a quick easy move and neither back compatible with all content already published, So I really like the PlayBook presentation and of course will need to see the earlier reviews to confirm it works as shown in the release video.

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  9. This looks more capable than I would have thought. Thanks for providing the specs, Ryan.

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  10. [...] more here: BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet Targets Business Users : Tech News « Comments [...]

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  11. so how many OS or versions will i need to dev for with RIM again now?

    lol

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  12. [...] Research in Motion unveiled its BlackBerry tablet yesterday, and indicated it is aimed at the enterprise professional. Workers need leisure time too, [...]

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  13. [...] foolish to ignore the opportunity provided by larger display devices such as the iPad. Indeed, with yesterday’s introduction of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, I anticipate Research In Motion to appear higher on future reports from Millenial after the device [...]

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  14. Wow. Amazing looking OS

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  15. [...] There’s a reason why RIM unveiled its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet at a developer event. It’s because the device is the company’s best shot at greatly [...]

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  16. [...] Research in Motion finally unveiled its much-rumored BlackBerry tablet yesterday, and it looks a lot more impressive at first glance than the company’s most recent handset, [...]

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  17. [...] The newly unveiled BlackBerry tablet is certainly making the headlines this week, but RIM isn’t the only player in the mobile [...]

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  18. I agreee with Harsh, Apple is getting a little arrogant and it would be nice to see some quality competition :)

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  19. Great move by BlackBerry.

    Described as a modern OS, I assume that QNX will be able to Copy & Paste, unlike some of the hapless competition.

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  20. [...] The new feature comes on the heels recent jabs from Apple over BlackBerry device sales figures and the PlayBook, RIM’s entry into the tablet market. Indeed, the verbal sparring is reaching new lows (or [...]

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  21. [...] Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR is also available from RIM today while the runtime will ship with the BlackBerry Playbook next [...]

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  22. [...] enterprise is all over the iPad. RIM can’t put the genie back in the bottle, no matter how hard it tries. But what is it about the iPad that appeals to IT departments and employees alike? Why the sudden [...]

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  23. [...] be the only one elbowing for room in the tablet market, either. BlackBerry is set to release the PlayBook, which will be popular among enterprise customers. Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft and ViewSonic look [...]

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  24. [...] RIM’s prospects though that could change next year with more BlackBerry OS 6 devices and the PlayBook tablet. Palm appears to have an even tougher road ahead. Only 5 percent of publishers currently work on [...]

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  25. [...] Research In Motion, Samsung and Viewsonic are all hoping to cash in on the tablet computer market with seven-inch devices. We’re sure to see more similarly sized gadgets int he next several months as a crush of new models come to market. Apple, in the past, has eschewed the idea of a smaller-sized iPad, but as I discuss in detail over at GigaOM Pro (subscription required), there are some compelling reasons for Apple to consider such a device. [...]

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  26. [...] Bussman specifically noted efforts to integrate the Samsung Galaxy smartphone, and he expects BlackBerry Playbook support by [...]

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  27. [...] at its developer day in San Francisco, the company wouldn’t even let anyone touch the device. It has been nearly six weeks since RIM publicly announced the tablet. There are still no hands-on impressions from anyone who [...]

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  28. [...] in Motion still has a few months before it launches PlayBook, its entry in the hot tablet market, and the company showed it’s prepared to compete by [...]

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  29. [...] PlayBook is RIM’s 7-inch tablet due for release in early 2011, and incorporates solid hardware components in addition to the new QNX OS. It’s expected RIM will play to its strength and target the [...]

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  30. [...] redefines what a tablet should do.” Based on that comment and prior PlayBook demonstrations, RIM’s tablet is poised as an enterprise solution first, and consumer tablet [...]

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  31. [...] available Android platform, even television makers such as Vizio are getting in the tablet game. Watch for more details on BlackBerry’s PlayBook tablet too, which will use the QNX operating system that Research In Motion bought last [...]

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  32. [...] enterprise sales channels, it could easily sell PalmPads to big businesses and take a chunk out of RIM’s PlayBook tablet sales. The pleasing interface of webOS could also give consumers a very polished competitor to the [...]

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  33. [...] be left to use Wi-Fi or a tethered 3G phone for connectivity. Aside from the integrated 4G radio, the device looks to be the same as the previously announced RIM tablet: 1 GHz dual-core processor, 1024 x 600 capacitive touchscreen, multitasking QNX operating system, 1 [...]

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