Introducing the Blackberry Playbook (aka. BlackPad)

After so much speculation, iPad-looking leaks, and utterly no official confirmation of its existence from Blackberry, the Blackberry Blackpad is finally proven to be product we can all look forward to. blackberry yesterday, announced the blackberry Playbook, wonder why they didn’t stick with the BlackPad name, an enterprise nurtured slate device that looks to compete with Apple’s iPad and perhaps, similar offerings coming on the Android OS, like Samsung’s Galaxy Tab.

Announced at the DEVCON 2010 developer conference, Blackberry didn’t have a physical prototype for even as much as a brief hands-on but they’ve released full specifications on what to expect from the blackberry Playbook. It’s to feature a special OS designed by QNX, a company blackberry acquired early in the year.

Specifications

  • 7-inch LCD, 1024 x 600, WSVGA, capacitive touch screen with full multi-touch and gesture support
  • blackberry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Dual HD cameras (3 MP front facing, 5 MP rear facing), supports 1080p HD video recording
  • Video playback: 1080p HD Video, H.264, MPEG, DivX, WMV
  • Audio playback: MP3, AAC, WMA
  • HDMI video output
  • Wi-Fi – 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Connectors: microHDMI, microUSB, charging contacts
  • Open, flexible application platform with support for WebKit/HTML-5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, POSIX, OpenGL, Java
  • Ultra thin and portable:
  • Measures 5.1″x7.6″x0.4″ (130mm x 193mm x 10mm)
  • Weighs less than a pound (approximately 0.9 lb or 400g)
  • RIM intends to also offer 3G and 4G models in the future.

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