RIM unveils BlackBerry PlayBook tablet PCBlackBerry tablet and operating system announced

28 September 2010

BlackBerry PlayBook

Research In Motion (RIM) has revealed details of its forthcoming tablet PC, the BlackBerry PlayBook. The 7-inch tablet runs on the new BlackBerry tablet operating system also announced today - BlackBerry tablet OS.

The BlackBerry PlayBook is expected to be available in the United States in early 2011, before rolling out to other countries. 

Will the BlackBerry tablet be the first real contender to Apple's iPad? Find out what we thought of the iPad in our Apple iPad First Look video.

BlackBerry PlayBook features

The tablet has a 7-inch LCD multi-touch screen, weighs 400g and is less than half an inch thick. This makes it smaller and lighter than the iPad, which has a 9.7-inch screen and weighs 700g, but bigger than the 5-inch Dell Streak.

The BlackBerry PlayBook has two HD cameras - a 3Mp front-facing and a 5Mp rear-facing camera, which offer 1080p HD video recording and support video conferencing.

It also supports full Adobe Flash 10.1 and HTML 5 and comes with a 1GHz dual-core processor.

BlackBerry PlayBook Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G

The BlackBerry PlayBook announced today comes with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. However RIM has announced its intention to offer 3G and 4G models in the future. 

Users with a BlackBerry smartphone will be able to link the two using the Bluetooth connection. This means that you can view content from the smartphone, such as your email and calendar, on the larger tablet screen.

We'll bring you a First Look review of the PlayBook as soon as we can.

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