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RIM Launches ''PlayBook'' Tablet to Battle the iPad

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 44 comments

Waterloo-based Research in Motion has finally revealed its much talked about tablet. Dubbed the PlayBook, the device was launched today at the BlackBerry developer event in with a launch date of 'early next year.'

RIM is taking aim at Apple's iPad with the PlayBook. Though co-CEO Mike Lazaridis described it as 'the first professional tablet,' the company is also promising full-featured browsing as well as high performance multimedia.

Specswise we're looking at a 7-inch (1024 x 600) WSVGA multitouch display, which makes the device a little more compact than the iPad with its 9.7-inch display; a 1GHz dual-core CPU; 1GB of RAM; 1080p video playback; support for Flash 10.1, HTML5; WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR; HDMI out; and two webcams, one 5-megapixel camera on the back and one 3-megapixel camera on the front for video conferencing. 

Though the specifications are pretty exciting, the most interesting part of the announcement is probably the fact that RIM is using a brand new OS for the PlayBook. Despite the fact that the latest iteration of its BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 6, was only just released, rumors that the company would go with a new OS from the recently acquired QNX have proved true. Built upon the QNX Neutrino microkernel architecture, which RIM calls "most reliable, secure and robust operating system architectures in the world," BlackBerry Tablet OS is fully POSIX compliant, supports Open GL for 2D and 3D graphics intensive applications, and will run applications built in Adobe Mobile AIR and the company's newly announced BlackBerry WebWorks app platform.

No word on pricing or a specific release date. RIM has said it will be available in the first quarter of 2011, with international markets to follow in Q2.

RIM PlayBook Tablet Preview

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    lashabane , September 27, 2010 11:05 PM
    My typography teacher tried telling us that the iPad is as revolutionary as the Gutenberg Press. I was so shocked, I was only able to sit there and wonder if he was going to share what he was smoking.
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    SneakySnake , September 27, 2010 11:22 PM
    surprised no one's said this yet, but I think the name sucks.

    I think playbook is a worse name then iPad. It just sounds completely kiddy and juvenile. Blackbook woulda been a sweet name
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    Coolio_alert , September 27, 2010 10:24 PM
    There's an ___ for that?!
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    Coolio_alert , September 27, 2010 10:25 PM
    Figure's RIM would launch a tablet after the huge success of the iPad.
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    cj_online , September 27, 2010 10:30 PM
    Sweet!!

    Hope this is an iPad Killer!
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    lashabane , September 27, 2010 11:05 PM
    My typography teacher tried telling us that the iPad is as revolutionary as the Gutenberg Press. I was so shocked, I was only able to sit there and wonder if he was going to share what he was smoking.
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    AndrewMD , September 27, 2010 11:18 PM
    Ok... Hope it does well. But lately RIM has not been doing good in product releases.

    Guess we will find out
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    SneakySnake , September 27, 2010 11:22 PM
    surprised no one's said this yet, but I think the name sucks.

    I think playbook is a worse name then iPad. It just sounds completely kiddy and juvenile. Blackbook woulda been a sweet name
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    dedhorse , September 27, 2010 11:25 PM
    I'm kind of confused by that video. Are they trying to tell us it can act as a projector too? Why don't they just show people using it instead of projecting the screen up on walls, benches, and windows? Kind of giving the wrong idea.
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    SneakySnake , September 27, 2010 11:27 PM
    I do love how it looks so far, looks like it'll rape my iPad in the features department
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    orionantares , September 27, 2010 11:49 PM
    This actually sounds like a tablet worth giving consideration too. This sounds better than an oversized iTouch.
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    NeeKo , September 27, 2010 11:52 PM
    RIM always beated everyone @ Smartphones.. now into tables!
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    kelemvor4 , September 28, 2010 12:05 AM
    It's iPad for grown-ups!
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    haunted one , September 28, 2010 12:05 AM
    I wish there was more of the tablet itself in the video! At the very end, they used a black background making it harder to contrast the tablet.
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    verbalizer , September 28, 2010 12:12 AM
    just like Windows operating systems and other software, I'll wait for a service pack or revision to come out first... lol
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    Warsaw , September 28, 2010 12:28 AM
    Possible giveaway contest for one in the making? ;) 
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    verbalizer , September 28, 2010 1:12 AM
    Quote:
    Possible giveaway contest for one in the making? ;) 


    ^LMAO..
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    fjjb , September 28, 2010 1:34 AM
    i hope this wake peoples mind (ejemmm... apple fanboys) and they see that the ipad is not the only "magical thing that came from god... sarcasm" and that the ipad just resizes iphone apps or even leave them in the same resolution...
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    eddieroolz , September 28, 2010 1:34 AM
    Surprised that there hasn't been much fanfare for this release. Personally I'm just glad RIM threw in modern hardware.
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    gekko668 , September 28, 2010 1:43 AM
    "7-inch (1024 x 600) WSVGA multitouch display, which makes the device a little more compact than the iPad with its 9.7-inch display; a 1GHz dual-core CPU; 1GB of RAM; 1080p video playback; support for Flash 10.1, HTML5; WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR; HDMI out; and two webcams, one 5-megapixel camera on the back and one 3-megapixel camera on the front for video conferencing. "


    This kind of spec make the ipad hardware look like child play.
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    shizen , September 28, 2010 2:00 AM
    in your face ipad...!!!
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    verbalizer , September 28, 2010 2:01 AM
    my sprint 4g htc evo is like a mini-laptop or netbook on your hip
    i need something to make me go WOW.!
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