Cell Phone News – RIM Shows Off ‘PlayBook’ BlackBerry Tablet

Research In Motion today announced the PlayBook, a new BlackBerry tablet computer. The PlayBook is small, and thin, at 9.7mm. It has 7-inch high-resolution (1024 x 600 WSVGA) display. It also supports 1080p HD video via microHDMI and microUSB connectors. It has 1GHz dual-core processors with symmetrical multiprocessing with 16GB of storage and 1GB of RAM. It also has 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. The PlayBook has a 3 megapixel user-facing camera, and a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with 1080p HD video capture. RIM says the device is enterprise ready. The PlayBook has a WebKit browser with HTML5 with full Adobe Flash 10.1 with hardware accelerated video and OpenGL for 3D gaming. It has integrated secure pairing with a BlackBerry via Bluetooth in order to share a cellular data connection. It runs a new user interface developed by QNX software, which is officially called BlackBerry Tablet OS. RIM said that 3G and 4G versions of the PlayBook are already being developed. The first version will ship in North America in early 2011, with other markets launching during the second quarter of 2011.

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