Blackberry maker RIM unveils ‘PlayBook’ tablet

The Blackberry PlayBook will arrive early next year

RIM are the latest company out of the tablet traps, making its ‘Blackberry PlayBook’ slate computer official at the company’s developers conference in San Francisco.

According to company co-founder and CEO Mike Lazaridis the device will ship in early 2011 and will boast the following:

  • A Cortex A9 1GHz dual-core CPU
  • 1GB of RAM
  • A 7-inch display
  • Full 1080p HDMI video
  • HDMI and USB ports
  • Front and rear HD camera configuration
  • Wi-Fi – 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR

The tablet measure 130mm x 193mm x 10mm (compared to the iPad’s 189.7mm x 242.8 x 13.4mm) and will run on a custom-designed OS simply called ‘Blackberry Tablet OS’. It will support the OpenGL standard, making it a potential gaming platform but is also being described as the “first professional tablet” on the market.

3G and 4G versions were also mooted, though it is unlikely they will see the light of day until later into next year.

A micro-site for the device is already up – you can check out the (currently limited) information on the device here.

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