BlackBerry Playbook: full specs and more

Having had your first taste of the BlackBerry Playbook, if you’re hungry for more, BlackBerry has us covered with a press release, full specs, and a fancy new web page.

Key features and specifications of the BlackBerry PlayBook include:

  • 7″ LCD, 1024 x 600, WSVGA, capacitive touch screen with full multi-touch and gesture support
  • BlackBerry Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Dual HD cameras (3 MP front facing, 5 MP rear facing), supports 1080p HD video recording
  • Video playback: 1080p HD Video, H.264, MPEG, DivX, WMV
  • Audio playback: MP3, AAC, WMA
  • HDMI video output
  • Wi-Fi – 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Connectors: microHDMI, microUSB, charging contacts
  • Open, flexible application platform with support for WebKit/HTML-5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, POSIX, OpenGL, Java
  • Ultra thin and portable:
    • Measures 5.1″x7.6″x0.4″ (130mm x 193mm x 10mm)
    • Weighs less than a pound (approximately 0.9 lb or 400g)
  • Additional features and specifications of the BlackBerry PlayBook will be shared on or before the date this product is launched in retail outlets.
  • RIM intends to also offer 3G and 4G models in the future.

Okay, some interesting things revealed. First, the computing power is the beefiest we’ve seen in an (presumably) ARM-based tablet. They’re not kidding around with the cameras with 1080p support on both(?). As previously assumed, the BlackBerry Table OS is built from QNX, a recent RIM purchase.


One standout difference compared to competitors is that wireless broadband is not built in. The website specifies connectivity will be through your existing BlackBerry service plan, so they’re pushing a tethering solution. While some won’t like that, it makes sense for the product being a companion/expansion to the BlackBerry. The coolest feature of this partnership could be the ability to view BlackBerry content on the Playbook. Besides, it’s not like BlackBerry users leave the house without their BlackBerrys. :)

I have to say, the Playbook is a considerably more impressive offering than the Torch. The Torch struck me as a compromise device, competitive with Android and iOS, but still distinctly BlackBerry. The Playbook likewise is designed to appeal to existing BB customers, but it looks spectacular enough to reel in new and former customers. Very nice work by RIM.