BlackBerry PlayBook: RIM's tablet unveiled

Video: RIM outs 7-inch device to take on iPad

RIM enters the tablet market with some style...

After weeks of speculation, RIM has finally lifted the lid on the BlackBerry tablet it is calling the PlayBook.

The PlayBook will feature a 7-inch LCD screen and will be capable of playing and recording 1080p HD video. It also has a 3-megapixel front-facing camera.

The tablet has a brand new operating system designed by QNX, which will be called The BlackBerry Tablet OS and has already been likened to the WebOS interface seen on the Palm Pre devices.

The device, which was unleashed this evening at RIM's Software Developers' Conference in San Francisco will run on a 1GHz dual-core processor, with 1GB of RAM as well as HDMI and USB ports.

RIM's new baby will also sync-up perfectly with BlackBerry handsets via Bluetooth, hook-up to BlackBerry Exchange servers and will come complete with Adobe Flash 10.1.

There was no mention of pricing, but an "early 2011" US release was touted at the event, with other markets opening up by Q2. The device will be Wi-Fi enabled to begin with and will be followed by 3G and 4G tablets in future.

UPDATE: Check out this video preview for a closer look.

Link: RIM