RIM officially enters the tablet market with the BlackBerry PlayBook

Research in Motion (RIM) has formally/finally entered the tablet market with the launch of the BlackBerry PlayBook.

Mike Lazaridis, RIM’s co-chief executive officer, made the announcement today at its annual developer conference in San Francisco, CA.

“RIM set out to engineer the best professional-grade tablet in the industry with cutting-edge hardware features and one of the world’s most robust and flexible operating systems. The BlackBerry PlayBook solidly hits the mark with industry leading power, true multitasking, uncompromised web browsing and high performance multimedia.”

Here are the key features and specifications of the BlackBerry PlayBook:

  • 7” 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: o Measures 5.1”x7.6”x0.4” (130mm x 193mm x 10mm)o Weighs less than a pound (approximately 0.9 lb or 400g)

The BlackBerry PlayBook is expected to be available in retail outlets and other channels in the United States in early-2011 with rollouts in other international markets beginning in mid-2011.

For complete details on the BlackBerry PlayBook, have a look at RIM’s official release or visit www.blackberry.com/playbook.