RIM’s Blackberry tablet named, say hello to PlayBook

By on September 28, 2010
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“Blackberry amplified.

After months of rumors, leaks and speculations, RIM has finally decided ‘enough is enough’ and announced its rumored tablet-PC at the Blackberry Developer Conference yesterday.

It’s not called the BlackPad, as popularly believed, or even the SurfBook, but close, and slightly better. It’s called the Blackberry PlayBook, a 7-inch 1024×600 res device with two 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, HTML 5 support, 10.1 Flash with hardware acceleration, 1080p video, non-proprietary HDMI and USB connections, HD cameras on the back and front – all of this running on what RIM claims to be the ‘most secure and reliable’ mobile OS, the QNX Neutrino.

Here is the complete list of specs:

Official Specifications

  • 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.

The PlayBook is expected to go retail in US early 2011. No price plans was discussed. Full press release here.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

  • McD419

    Playbook… are these guys copying how i met your mother

    • momo

      its amazing.cause its better than i pad

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