By: Hanif Bhatti on September 28th, 2010

Image source: Engadget

As expected, Research In Motion has announced a BlackBerry tablet dubbed “PlayBook” (the name is unexpected as rumours suggested that it would be called BlackPad).

The PlayBook hardware is fairly impressive, sporting a 1GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A9-based processor, 1GB of RAM, and an undisclosed GPU capable of running OpenGL code. The device has a 3MP front-facing camera and a 5MP rear-facing camera, both of which record HD video at 1080p resolution. 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth, microUSB, and microHDMI round out the connectivity options, with 3G and 4G options planned for eventual release next year.

Image Source: Gizmodo

The screen measures 7 inches. The operating system running on the PlayBook is QNX based BlackBerry Tablet OS. As for launch dates, it is expected in the US in the first quarter of 2011 and internationally it will arrive sometime in Q2. Prices have not yet been revealed though.

Engadget and Gizmodo have reviewed the BlackBerry tablet and they seem pretty impressed by it. But the launch date seems too late and we might see even a webOS tablet by that time.

Check out the video below for a preview of the BlackBerry PlayBook.


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