Just as we are struggling to integrate our Android phones and iOS devices in to our digital lifestyle along comes another device. RIM have launched a 7-inch tablet device called the BlackBerry PlayBook, which has a dual-core 1GHZ processor, HTML 5 browser, Flash, 1080p playback and two cameras. The OS is custom made built with QNX a company RIM purchased in April and from the it looks pretty slick (there is a video on their info page)

While it looks like its business focused I can see consumers being interesting in the device especially as it supports 1080p playback, WMV, Flash and HTML5.  No pricing details but the device is due early next year.

We talked about RIM and the the market position on last weeks TDL Mobile Podcast 


  • 7” 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)
  • Additional features and specifications of the BlackBerry PlayBook will be shared on or before the date this product is launched in retail outlets.
  • RIM intends to also offer 3G and 4G models in the future

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