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Breaking News: RIM Announces BlackBerry PlayBook Touchscreen Tablet

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Certainly he might not be as charismatic as Apple CEO Steve Jobs, nor was the PowerPoint presentation as animated as Apple Keynote. Still, it was difficult for Mike Lazaridis, Co-CEO of Research In Motion (RIM), to curb his enthusiasm just a few hours ago as he unveiled the BlackBerry PlayBook, a tablet computer.

With a 7-inch screen, dual facing HD cameras, WiFi + Bluetooth connectivity, RIM is hoping to dent the current dominance of Apple iPad. Powered by a 1 GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB RAM to boot, Lazaridis and fellow CEO, Jim Balsillie, are both confident that PlayBook will become a market leader, if not "the market leader", for several reasons. One, running on QNIX kernel and a new OS BlackBerry OS 6, its never been easier for third party developers to create new PlayBook apps and add-ons. Second, with its popular email system and BBM instant messenger, corporations need not to adopt new standard or hardware. RIM will begin to roll out the BlackBerry PlayBook during the early part of 2011. After PlayBook's announcement at the annual developer summit, RIM's shares jumped 1.4%.

  • 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.