9/28/2010 10:41:00 AM
RIM joins tablet market with BlackBerry Playbook
RIM has announced its first tablet product, the BlackBerry Playbook.
The tablet is pitched at both business users and consumers as a ‘professional-grade tablet’.
RIM’s new seven-inch touch-screen device will operate on BlackBerry Tablet OS, which supports multi-processing.
Users will be able to pair the tablet with their BlackBerry handsets using a Bluetooth connection. By pairing up the devices, users will be able to view emails, BlackBerry messenger, as well as tasks and the calendar that are already on the phone.
The BlackBerry Playbook has two cameras with HD capability and weighs less than a pound.
The tablet is expected to launch in the UK and Europe in summer 2011.
RIM president and co-CEO Mike Lazaridis said: ‘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.’