RIM BlackBerry Playbook Announced: Official Specs and Tablet OS

By Peter Chubb - Sep 27, 2010

The 2010 BlackBerry Developer Conference is now well under way and the on-off BlackPad is now here, but with one difference, it is to be called the BlackBerry PlayBook. RIM needed to offer something that would still make them relevant, and this announcement will certainly do that.

We were shocked when RIM CEO Mike Laziridis delivered his keynote, especially when we reported earlier from BGR that the device was going to be a no show. So now we have another tablet device coming to the market, but what does it have to offer?

Looking at some of the specs, they are much different to what we assumed was going to be on the device. The first thing that you need to know is that it will have a 7-inch display – smaller than the 10-inch of the iPad. Other key features include 9.7mm thick design, 1GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM.

However, all this will be useless without software that is where the BlackBerry Tablet OS comes in, which has been based on a design by QNX. Did we forget to mention that the PlayBook also supports both Adobe Flash Player and HTML5?

The full official specs can be found by visiting RIM.

What do you think of the new BlackBerry PlayBook?

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  • Dio

    Despite all the hypes surrounding these new gadgets, I haven't yet seen any that actually offers what I want in a tablet. I was initially attracted to touch screen PDAs just over 10 years ago because I wanted to stop carrying my paper notebook. Their size and awkwardness meant that I didn't quite achieve that goal of travelling light and living my paper notebook/pads at home (or office) or never having to own paper notebook again. Eventually I upgraded to touch screen smart phone, switching between WinMo and Symbian but the aim has always been the same. To travel light.
    These gadgets will do it for me if the offer the following:
    – Phone calling ability
    – Digital Ink and adequate handwriting recognition so I can write notes (not type them), annotate digital books including underline, highlight and draw illustrations.
    – Supports stylus
    – Can fit in my pocket. 7" in just fine.
    – Supports office applications (word processing, Spreadsheet, Drawing & Painting app)
    – Adequate camera with flash 3mp minimum.
    – Flash support with support to future upgrade
    – Minimum of 7hours battery life, even if that means a heavier tablet.
    – All the other stuff that one would now expect from such device (internet connectivity, internet browsing, etc). HTC Shift had good spec but was let down by the battery life and the fact you had to toggle between two OS to get to different apps and features.

  • lokienloki

    It looks great outside but the inside isn't.