BlackBerry Tablet Announced – BlackBerry “Playbook” Launching Early 2011!

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For several weeks now, the BlackBerry community has been buzzing with rumors and speculation regarding the upcoming BlackBerry tablet device, and today at DevCon 2010, we finally got the official announcement! The “Playbook” not only looks great, it’s built to perform amazingly – the specs speak for themselves. According to RIM, the Playbook will be available in early 2011 in the U.S., with international launch dates coming shortly afterwards. As rumoured, the OS is QNX developed, and looks fantastic!

Want all the details? No problem! (Photos can be found below the specs)

Here are the specifications and features, straight from RIM:

Web without limits

  • Ideal for games, media, apps and everything the real Internet offers
  • Full Adobe® Flash® 10.1 enabled
  • Built-in support for HTML 5
  • No-compromise, beautiful rendering of text, graphics and video

Ultra-portable, super convenient

  • 7″ LCD display, 1024 x 600 screen resolution
  • 5.1″ x 7.6″ x 0.4″ (130mm x 194mm x 10mm)
  • 0.9 lbs (400g)
  • Built-in microUSB connector
  • Multi-touch capacitive screen
  • Wi-Fi® 802.11 a/b/g/n

BlackBerry Tablet OS

  • Powerful, user-friendly QNX technology – it’s what the World Wide Web runs on
  • On-screen keyboard
  • True multi-tasking


  • Crystal clear HD display
  • Rich stereo sound

Best-in-class media

  • 3 MP high definition forward-facing camera
  • 5 MP high definition rear-facing camera
  • Codec support for superior media playback, creation and video calling
  • 1080p HD video; H.264, MPEG4, WMV HDMI video output
  • Micro USB, Micro HDMI, and DLNA media streaming

BlackBerry essentials

  • Pair a BlackBerry PlayBook with a BlackBerry smartphone via secure Bluetooth connection for full access to:
  • Push technology
  • E-mail, calendar, BBM, tasks, documents, and more
  • BlackBerry security and data efficiency

Groundbreaking speed

  • Full computing power in a tablet format
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • Symmetrical dual-core processing

Highly secure & efficient app platform

  • Rapid development environment
  • Reliable BlackBerry Tablet OS, powered by QNX technology
  • Supports POSIX OS, SMP, Open GL, BlackBerry® 6, WebKit, Adobe® Flash®, Java® and Adobe AIR

CIO and enterprise ready

  • Out-of-the-box compatibility with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server
  • Seamless pairing for a secure window into your BlackBerry® smartphone
  • 3G access via existing BlackBerry smartphone service plan
  • Corporate data access
  • Secure and manageable

Very nice! What do you think about the BlackBerry PlayBook? Will you be picking one up at launch? Drop us a comment and let us know!

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  1. jazzyl says:

    I’m getting this mos def….

  2. Tim Scott says:

    Great article Andrew. I’m so happy to finally see some specs on this thing. I want one now. Put this next to any iPad and watch the playbook kill the iPad everytime.
    Hate the name, Blackpad was better, but love the concept of it as long as the bluetooth integration with a Blackberry Smartphone is seamless, and isn’t throttled too badly by being through bluetooth, hopefully bluetooth 3.0 + HS or 4.0.

    • Andrew says:

      I tether via bluetooth when I’m on the road, and truthfully get about the same speed as when I tether via USB, so hopefully we won’t see much of an impact. My only concern is battery life, tethering via bluetooth tends to drain it pretty quickly.

      Either way, extremely excited for this thing. You can tell a lot of thought and effort has gone into it, and we’ve only seen previews at this point.

  3. Henry Garfield says:

    Well written article! Thanks for the information and specs..can’t wait to get my hands on this!

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