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BlackBerry PlayBook available today Empty BlackBerry PlayBook available today

Post by 4hams on Tue Apr 19, 2011 12:59 pm

BlackBerry PlayBook available today

By Jeff Williamson, USA TODAY

Research In Motion releases the BlackBerry PlayBook today, as RIM tries to get a foothold in the tablet market.
The Blackberry PlayBook, Research In Motion's new tablet device, went on sale today in the U.S. and Canada.

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It comes in three different models: 16GB, 32GB or 64GB. With pricing at $499, $599 and $699, respectively. The device has an array of features that RIM hopes will help it break into the iPad-dominated tablet market.

In its web browser, the PlayBook supports Adobe Flash, Adobe AIR, and HMTL 5. Under the hood, it boasts a 1GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB RAM.

The PlayBook's 7-inch display provides a 1024 x 600 resolution with multi-touch support. It also features a micro HDMI port, a forward-facing (3MP) and a rear-facing (5MP ) camera, as well as access to BlackBerry App World. RIM expected several thousand apps to be available at launch.

In his review of the PlayBook, USA TODAY's Ed Baig says the device should appeal to BlackBerry loyalists, but whether RIM can steal hearts (and market share) from the iPad is another question entirely:

RIM seems to be treading a fine line between a product true to its business roots and a multimedia tablet that might appeal to the iPad crowd. By calling PlayBook "the world's first professional-grade tablet," the company is playing up traditional strengths as a secure enterprise-friendly device that is a multitasking marvel for running numerous apps at the same time.

A 4G PlayBook from Sprint will be out this summer.

RIM said it expected the device to be available in 20,000 retail outlets at launch, including BestBuy, Radio Shack and Office Depot. For more information, check out the official BlackBerry PlayBook website.
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