The PlayBook is set to run on BlackBerry’s new operating system, derived from the purchase of operating system manufacturer QNX. ‘QNX is going to enable things that you have never seen before’ stated company founder Dan Dodge.
The tablet, which is due to be released early in 2011, was described as ‘the first professional tablet’ by Dodge at the Blackberry keynote speech.
BlackBerry chief executive Mike Lazaridis added that the PlayBook will offer ‘true multi-tasking’ and ‘an amplified view of what’s already on your BlackBerry’.
He added that the new tablet would be ‘an incredible gaming platform for publishers and the players.’
The multitouch tablet, powered by a 1Ghz processor, is set to sport dual HD cameras, micro-HDMI and micro-USB ports and will be Adobe Flash-enabled, unlike Apple’s iPad.
Measuring up at just 193mm by 130mm and just 10mm thick, the PlayBook also edges ahead of the iPad in terms of portability.
Models are expected to be made available in both 16gb and 32gb configurations.
- 7-inch 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)
- RIM intends to also offer 3G and 4G models in the future.