San Francisco - Research In Motion entered the tablet market with the professional-grade BlackBerry PlayBook that uses the company's new BlackBerry Tablet OS.
The device, said to be enterprise-ready, lacks embedded cellular but incorporates Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n to access the Internet. It also pairs with a BlackBerry smartphone via a secure Bluetooth connection to access the Internet as well as display smartphone content. Sometime in the future, the company said it intends to offer 3G and 4G models.
During the company's developers' conference here, RIM said it expects the PlayBook to be available in retail outlets and other channels in the U.S. in early 2011. Rollouts in other countries will begin in the second quarter.
The 0.9-pound multitasking device packs a 1GHz dual-core processor and 7-inch 1,024 by 600 WSVGA capacitive touch screen with full multi-touch and gesture support in a 5.1 by 7.6 by 0.4-inch chassis. Other features include 1GB RAM, dual HD camera/camcorders (front-facing 3-megapixel camera and 5-megapixel rear facing camera) for video conferencing, 1080p HD video recording, HDMI output, and support for HTML-5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe Mobile AIR.
The PlayBook is compatible out-of-the-box with BlackBerry Enterprise Server. Other features will be announced in the future.