RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet, Available Next Year

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President and co-CEO Mike Lazaridis introduces the Playbook
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Research in Motion today unveiled its first tablet offering called the "PlayBook."

The device is due early next year in the U.S. with international availability coming in the second quarter of 2011. RIM has not yet announced a price.

The 7-inch, 9.7mm thicktablet features an HTML5-capable browser, both front and rear-facing HD cameras, and HDMI and USB ports. On the inside, it runs off of a 1 GHz dual-core chip and has 1GB of built-in RAM. It will also come with a special version of the BlackBerry software that features multitasking and 1080p video playback. Other specs of note include 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and support for Adobe Flash 10.1.

President and co-CEO Mike Lazaridis said that the device is "enterprise ready" and that it will fit in with the company's existing server architecture. The company said in a press release that it plans on "working with developers and select corporate customers next month to begin development and early testing efforts."

Here's the company's first promotional video of the PlayBook:


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