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A look at RIM BlackBerry’s 4G Playbook

RIM’s BlackBerry Playbook has drawn by far the largest crowd at their stall here in Las Vegas for CES 2011.

Although the company has been showing off lots of new technology by far the biggest draw was the Playbook area. This in spite of the specifications being widely known via their website for some time.

One specification RIM did hold back on until now however is that the PlayBook will be a 4G device.

PluggedIn got a chance to have a close look at the device and we were interested to see that, unlike the rest of the iPad rivals the Playbook does not use Android as its operating system.

Instead the device runs RIM’s own BlackBerry Tablet OS, supporting “powerful, user-friendly QNX technology” and multi-tasking.

Released sometime in the first half of 2011 we don’t yet know about the price tag but we do know that, like the iPad it will come with a variety of memory sizes. The guys from RIM were keeping a tight lid on some specification, reminding the crowd that we were looking at prototypes not the final product. What most people wanted to know was how long the battery would last. No answers were forthcoming, although we believe it to be about three (3) to four (4) hours on a full charge.

What we DO know about the BlackBerry PlayBook so far:

  • It is a 4G tablet
  • 7-inch, 1024 by 600-pixel multi-touch capacitive screen
  • 1GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • Two cameras: Front – 3MP, Rear – 5MP / HD
  • Up to 1080p video playback (although resolution is only 1024)
  • HDMI video output for full 1080p
  • Adobe Flash 10.1 enabled and built-in HTML 5 support
  • Video conferencing with stereo audio
  • 3G access via existing BlackBerry phone plans
  • Compatibility with BlackBerry Enterprise Server.

PluggedIn will no doubt bring you more on the Playbook over the coming weeks.

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