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A few days ago, RIM announced their new tablet, The PlayBook at the BlackBerry Developer Conference. The tablet will run QNX, one of our favorite embedded OS of the day.QNX is a part of RIM now. The QNX will bring full OpenGL and POSIX support alongside web standards such as HTML5 and developer will have all these via RIM's WebWorks SDK.
RIM says that the tablet is suitable for large corporations as well as an army of one.;
“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,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. “The BlackBerry PlayBook solidly hits the mark with industry leading power, true multitasking, uncompromised web browsing and high performance multimedia.”The PlayBook will sport a 7-inch, 1024 x 600, capacitive multitouch display, a Cortex A9-based, dual-core 1GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM, and dual cameras, a front-facing 3 megapixel camera and a 5 megapixel camera in the rear. People at engadget has noticed 16Gb and 32Gb models so I guess that will come in the form of some add on storage. The PlayBook connects to outside world via, HDMI, micro USB, 802.11a b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth. It has 1080P video and yes Video Conferencing is a part of the plan and it supports Flash. As much as it is an iPad Challenger, it will also challenge the likes of Samsung Galaxy Tab.
RIM also announced that the tablet will be pre loaded with KOBO, a global eReading service, giving the PlayBook instant access to 2.2 million books.
“We are thrilled to be extending our extensive relationship with RIM into the tablet space,” said Michael Serbinis, CEO of Kobo. “Readers will love the elegant design, crisp display and portable size and weight of the BlackBerry PlayBook, which is perfectly suited for long reading sessions. I am also excited by the possibilities of the BlackBerry Tablet OS, which will allow us to bring today’s bestsellers and classics, as well as other rich content, to BlackBerry PlayBook users.”here are the specs;
RIM via Engadget
- 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.