Today at Research In Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry Developer Conference, a new tablet has been announced. That tablet is the 9.7mm thick, 16:9 h-res 7-inch display, full Flash 10.1 support, hardware accelerated video, HTML 5, 1080p video, HDMI and USB connections, full-HD front and rear-facing cameras, support for dual-display, and will be able to connect with BlackBerry Enterprise Servers out of the box via Bluetooth secure pairing to a BlackBerry. According to RIM, it’s their “professional tablet”. Darn, I think they’re right.
It also has a dual-core 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, and a BlackBerry 6 lookalike OS that’s actually QNX, is POSIX based and will get a new native SDK that’ll support Adobe Air, Flash, and OpenGL 2.0.
Official Specifications According To Press Release:
- 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 (!).
A promo vid is available below for the now amazed. Speaking for myself, I’ve never seen something this promising from RIM, and it looks like — oh wait — where are the apps going to come from? Dammit.