All Play, No Work? – RIM Announces The PlayBook


The highly anticipated Blackberry tablet has finally been announced and it looks pretty good too. Smaller than the current Apple iPad (rumors are rife that Apple are bringing out a smaller iPad in 2011). The PlayBook as Blackberry have christened their tablets stands in a 7 inches tall, weighs less than a pound, fueled by a 1GHz dual-core processor and dual HD cameras for both video conferencing and video capture. Also, a great additional advantage over the iPad is the inclusion of an HDMI-out port, allowing output to an external display. And that’s just a few of the features, see more below:


Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion explained, “RIM set out to engineer the best professional-grade tablet in the industry with cutting-edge hardware features and one of the world’s most robust and flexible operating systems. “The BlackBerry PlayBook solidly hits the mark with industry leading power, true multitasking, uncompromised web browsing and high performance multimedia.”


Capacity still remains a bit of a mystery but rumors point to 16GB and 32GB.



Blackberry have also ensured support for Adobe Flash Play, Adobe Mobile AIR and HTML-5. It has built in Bluetooth, so if you already have a Blackberry smartphone you can pair that up with your PlayBook and view email, calendar, tasks and any other content that’s on your smartphone on the larger screen of the PlayBook.


It should be reasonably fast to operate with 1 GB RAM.


Dual HD cameras (3 MP front facing and 5 MP rear facing) and supports 1080p HD video recording. As well as video playback with 1080p HD video, H.264, MPEG, DivX and WMV. Audio playback is via MP3, AAC and/or WMA.

Connectors include – MicroHDMI, MicroUSB

So, all in all a pretty good package – the PlayBook is expected to be available in retail outlets and other channels in the United States in early 2011 with rollouts in other international markets beginning in (calendar) Q2.


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