BlackBerry PlayBook - a tablet from Research In Motion
So, the invasion of tablets continues. At this time, the release of the tablet announced the Canadian company Research In Motion (RIM), announcing it yesterday, September 27, at the BlackBerry DEVCON 2010 developer conference. However, this device is somewhat knocked out of a number of models with which we have been familiarized recently, and looking under the cat you will understand why.
First of all, the device is equipped with a dual-core processor based on the ARM Cortex-A9 architecture with a frequency of 1 GHz, 1 GB of RAM, a 7-inch capacitive screen with a resolution of 1024x600 (with multitouch technology) and, of course, wireless adapters: Wi- Fi (a / b / g / n) and Bluetooth 2.1. There are also microHDMI and microUSB connectors. The manufacturer positions the tablet not only as a gaming device (as the name implies), but also as a device for a business person (“Enterprise Ready”), as well as a multimedia device (“Breathtaking Multimedia”). It is noteworthy that the device is equipped with two cameras , so you can not only take photos and record video with a 5-megapixel rear camera (up to 1080p), but also use the tablet to participate in video conferences using a 3-megapixel front camera. The amount of internal memory is not announced, but leaked information that there will be options with 16 and 32 GB.
Now the most interesting: the software part. The tablet runs on the BlackBerry Tablet OS, which is based on the well-known QNX Neutrino real-time microkernel OS (recall that Research In Motion acquired QNX Software earlier this year). The OS conforms to POSIX standards and has OpenGL support. The company emphasizes real multitasking, which is not surprising. In addition, declared full support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 , as well as Adobe AIR. Of course, there is Java support too (since this is the main development language for BlackBerry). The embedded web browser is based on the WebKit engine and supports HTML5. As for multimedia, the declared formats support MP3, AAC, WMA, H.264, MPEG, DivX and WMV with the ability to play FullHD video.
Dimensions of the device are 130x194x10 mm, weight - 400 grams. Unfortunately, nowhere is one of the most important characteristics announced: the battery life, which does not allow a final verdict to the tablet. ')
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Characteristics of the device, compressed:
Processor : dual-core ARM Cortex-A9, 1 GHz RAM : 1 GB Built-in memory : 16/32 GB (not reliably) Screen : 7 ", capacitive, multitouch, 1024x600 Camera : 2 pcs. Rear 5 MP and front 3 MP Wireless : Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11a / b / g / n), Bluetooth 2.1 Ports : microHDMI, microUSB OS : BlackBerry Tablet OS, based on QNX Neutrino Web : WebKit, HTML5, Adobe Flash 10.1, Adobe AIR Codecs : MP3, AAC, WMA, H.264, MPEG, DivX and WMV
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A very short video shot at the presentation by representatives of Engadget, as well as a very quick photo review can be viewed here . More information can be found from the official site . Information on development tools can be obtained here (thanks to the crz habrauser )