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:
RIM intends to also offer 3G and 4G models in the future (!).
- 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.
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.