RIM Introduces Blackberry Playbook For Business Market

Research in Motion (RIM) has unveiled the BlackBerry PlayBook, a tablet PC specifically targeting the business market and designed to complement existing BlackBerry enterprise deployments.

The 7in device features 1GB of RAM and is powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor. Storage capacity was not disclosed.

On the software side, the device sports an operating system based on the embedded QNX, a system RIM is touting for its ability to handle multithreading operations.

"Chief information officers can rest assured that the BlackBerry PlayBook is enterprise-ready," said RIM co-chief executive Mike Lazaridis. "They can take advantage of unique BlackBerry integration with secure pairing."

The tablet is equipped with graphics hardware and video outputs capable of displaying HD images up to 1080p, while the display will be able to show a separate image from that on the display output.

The PlayBook will also sport an impressive arsenal of web tools, including Flash 10.1, Adobe AIR, OpenGL, Java and RIM's newly unveiled WebWorks platform.

"The PlayBook will deliver a no-compromise web experience," said Lazaridis. "Not just WebKit, not just HTML5, but full Flash 10.1 with hardware-accelerated video."

Early versions of the device will be limited to Wi-Fi, but RIM said that it is planning 3G and 4G models for the future.

The company plans to release the PlayBook to the US market early next year, with international rollouts slated for the second quarter.

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