RIM Unveils BlackBerry PlayBook 7-inch Tablet

Submitted by lalit on September 27, 2010 - 5:42pm.

RIM today unveiled their new BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, which they say is “the first professional tablet”, and also new BlackBerry Tablet OS based on QNX platform. According to RIM, PlayBook includes uncompromised web browsing, true multitasking and high performance multimedia, while also providing advanced security features, out-of-the-box enterprise support and a breakthrough development platform for IT departments and developers.

“RIM set out to engineer the best professional-grade tablet in the industry with cutting-edge hardware features and one of the world’s most robust and flexible operating systems,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. “The BlackBerry PlayBook solidly hits the mark with industry leading power, true multitasking, uncompromised web browsing and high performance multimedia.”

The PlayBook features a 7-inch 1024 x 600 touchscreen, 1GHz dual-core ARM processor, 1GB RAM, Dual HD cameras (3-megapixel in front and 5-megapixel on back), 1080p video recording, WiFi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, microHDMI and microUSB. The tablet measures 5.1” x 7.6” x 0.4” and weighs 0.9 pounds. RIM promises that a 3G and 4G versions of the tablet will launched in the future.

On the software side, BlackBerry Tablet OS is built upon the QNX Neutrino microkernel architecture, one of the most reliable, secure and robust operating system architectures in the world. BlackBerry Tablet OS delivers exceptional performance, high scalability, Common Criteria EAL 4+ security, and support for industry standard tools that are already familiar to hundreds of thousands of developers. The OS is fully POSIX compliant enabling easy portability of C-based code, supports Open GL for 2D and 3D graphics intensive applications like gaming, and will run applications built in Adobe Mobile AIR as well as the new BlackBerry WebWorks app platform announced today. The BlackBerry Tablet OS will also support Java enabling developers to easily bring their existing BlackBerry 6 Java applications to the BlackBerry Tablet OS environment.

The BlackBerry PlayBook is expected to be available in retail outlets and other channels in the United States in early 2011 with rollouts in other international markets beginning in (calendar) Q2. RIM will begin working with developers and select corporate customers next month to begin development and early testing efforts. You can get more information about PlayBook here and checkout the preview video below.