RIM announced the Blackberry PlayBook at their BlackBerry Developer Conference. This slick tablet weighs less than a pound and sports a 7" 1024×600 WSVGA LCD-display with full multi-touch and gesture support, 1 GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB RAM, 1080p HD video playback (H.264, MPEG, DivX, WMV) and MP3, AAC, WMA audio playback, HDMI video output, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 and microHDMI + microUSB connectors.
The PlayBook runs Blackberry Tablet OS, a QNX-based multi-tasking operating system and the application platform is open, supporting WebKit/HTML5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, OpenGL and Java.
The PlayBook won’t have support for 3G or 4G at first, but models supporting both will be available in the future. The launch date for the first model is expected to be sometime during early 2011 in the U.S. and then rollouts to international markets soon thereafter.