RIM Announces Playbook Tablet…. And More

RIM has decided that they need a tablet of their own. So, they announced the Playbook tablet. Here’s the specs:

  • 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.

For those of you who were playing attention, this tablet has Flash. Take that “Steve-O.” Oh “Steve-O” should also notice the HD screen along with HDMI output and Micro USB jack. I guess RIM doesn’t see the need to rape rip off their users every time they need to buy a cable like Apple does. Another thing to note: This tablet will hook up to a BES server. So that instantly gives it street cred in the boardrooms of the world. The tablet will utilize an OS created by the recently acquired QNX called the BlackBerry Tablet OS. It gives RIM full OpenGL and POSIX support alongside web standards such as HTML5.

My take. Apple better pay attention because this is more than a decent first step. This is as close to a game changer as RIM can get without actually changing the game. I say that because it’s not out until next year. That gives Apple time to respond. Let’s see what they respond with.

In the meantime, enjoy the video:

2 Responses to “RIM Announces Playbook Tablet…. And More”

  1. One thing you missed is that the “tablet OS” is actually QNX, a UNIX-like OS. RIM purchased the owners of QNX earlier this year.

    • Thanks for pointing that out. I remember using QNX on the those Icon computers back in 80’s in high school. It was my first exposure to UNIX.

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