Is This BlackBerry’s Answer to the iPad? Playbook looks Serious


Apple usually makes tech that has been out for years seem space-age with some Apple tweaking and mastering. Today you see it everywhere, whether it’s an iPhone killer or iPad killer, companies continue to attempt a similar reproduction of hardware and features, made popular by Apple. So, has BlackBerry finally introduced something worth forgetting Apple’s iPad? The specs say yes, but is the simplicity aimed at everyone?

Today at Research In Motion’s annual BlackBerry Developer Conference, CEO Mike Lazaridis announced the company’s new tablet — the PlayBook. check out the video and specs below.

* 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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