In BlackBerry Developer Conference, CEO Mike Lazaridis announced the company’s new tablet THE PLAYBOOK. The tablet will utilize an OS created by the recently acquired QNX called the BlackBerry Tablet OS which will offer full OpenGL and POSIX support alongside web standards such as HTML5. RIM also touted the PlayBook’s ability to handle Flash content via Flash 10.1, as well as Adobe AIR apps. “The first professional tablet” will include the following features:
- A 7-inch,1024 x 600, capacitive multitouch display.
- A Cortex A9-based, dual-core 1GHz CPU (the company calls it the “fastest tablet ever”),
- A memory that comprises 1GB of RAM,
- A 3-megapixel front-facing camera along with a 5-megapixel rear lens (and yes, there will be video conferencing).
- There was no mention of onboard storage capacity during the keynote, though the devices are labeled 16GB and 32GB on their back panels.
- The PlayBook will be capable of 1080p HD video and comes equipped with an HDMI port as well as a micro-USB jack
- Connectivity includes 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, and Bluetooth 2.1.
- Device Dimensions are 5.1- by 7.6-inches, is only 0.4-inches thick, and weighs just 400g (or about 0.9 pounds).
RIM is racing to get its tablet into stores as Hewlett- Packard Co., Samsung Electronics Co., and Motorola Inc. build similar devices in a bid to emulate the success of the iPad in filling the gap between smartphones and laptops. Apple sold 3 million iPads in the first 80 days after the device’s April debut, eclipsing sales of its iPod music player.
RIM didn’t hand out any solid launch dates beyond “early 2011,” and of course, there was no mention of the retail price.