It’s not a BlackPad, and it’s certainly not a SurfBook. Instead, RIM has puts those BlackBerry tablet rumors to sleep by unveiling the PlayBook, a seven-inch tablet (1024 x 600) sporting a 1 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and the new BlackBerry Tablet OS that offers multitasking.
At least two rumors were correct, however. The PlayBook only supports a/b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth, but will be able to tether to a BlackBerry via Bluetooth for a data connection. While connected, users will be able to “use the larger tablet display to seamlessly and securely view any of the email, BBM™, calendar, tasks, documents and other content that resides on (or is accessible through) their smartphone,” the press release stated. Also, users can “use their tablet and smartphone interchangeably without worrying about syncing or duplicating data.” Finally, the new BlackBerry Tablet OS is built on the QNX Neutrino microkernel architecture. RIM is touting the PlayBook as a “professional tablet” that is “enterprise ready.”
Other specs include a three-megapixel front-facing digital camera for video conferencing, five-megapixel rear camera, 1080p video recording capability, HDMI out with dual display support, USB port, as well as Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR and HTML-5 support. The PlayBook will measure 5.1 x 7.6 x 0.4 inches and weigh less than a pound.
RIM expects the PlayBook to ship in early 2011 in the US, Q2 2011 internationally. There is no word on pricing, but rumors indicate a $500 price point. RIM also claims intentions to “launch 3G and 4G models in the future.”