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The Secret's Out! RIM Announces the BlackBerry PlayBook
September 27, 2010
By Stefanie Mosca, TMCnet Managing Editor


For weeks, consumers and businesses alike have been anticipating the announcement of Research in Motion’s (News - Alert) “RIM” first BlackBerry tablet. The story first leaked by the Wall Street Journal earlier this month, and ever since, BlackBerry fans have been waiting to hear about RIM’s tablet and what sets it apart from other tablets already on the market.

Well, the day has finally come. Today at the 2010 Blackberry Developer Conference in San Francisco, Mike Lazaridis, president and co-chief executive officer announced the BlackBerry (News - Alert) PlayBook, (formally thought to be the BlackPad) a 7-inch tablet geared towards the business savvy consumer. Lazaridis referred to the tablet as the future of “Blackberry applified,” followed by displaying the advertisement for the PlayBook, which was introduced as the first “professional tablet.”

“Everyone needs a great playbook,” Lazaridis said. And that’s exactly what it is. The tablet will support and provide Adobe Flash 10.1 and be able to play 1080i HD video with non-proprietary HDMI and USB connectors. The PlayBook will also feature HD rear and front facing cameras and out of the box compatibility with 250,000 BlackBerry enterprise servers.

Lzaridis added, that the PlayBook, “wouldn’t be professional if it didn’t have industry leading performance.” The tablet will also include 1 GHz of dual core symmetrical multiprocessing with 1gb of RAM (News - Alert).

The operating system of the tablet has also been an anticipated announcement because it will not only power the Blackberry PlayBook itself, but also Blackberry phones in the future.

Dan Dodge, cofounder and CEO of QNX, introduced QNX as the operating system of the BlackBerry Playbook. QNX is already being used in a variety of platforms such as networking, industrial, military and automotive. Cisco’s (News - Alert) largest routers in the world run on QNX, as well as in casinos.  The bottom line is BlackBerry joining forces with such a giant operating system as QNX is huge for BlackBerry, particularly along the lines of applications and BlackBerry’s App World.

While RIM didn’t give away the specifics on the price or release date of the PlayBook, its anticipated release is sometime in 2011. Stay tuned to hear more about RIM’s new tablet as more information is revealed.

Stefanie Mosca is a Web editor for TMCnet. Previously she worked as a freelance copy editor for Digital Surgeons LLC. She holds a master's degree in journalism from Quinnipiac University and a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of New Haven. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefanie Mosca

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