BlackBerry Playbook tablet shows RIM embracing touch screen format

After weeks of speculation, Waterloo, Ont.-based Research in Motion released the BlackBerry Playbook yesterday.

The 7″ high-resolution display sports a 1 GHz dual-core processor, and a new BlackBerry Tablet OS. The platform supports multi-tasking, HTML5, Adobe Flash 10.1 and Adobe AIR. Other features include dual HD video cameras – one for taking photos and video, the other for videoconferencing and an HDMI output for external displays. BlackBerry users can do a Bluetooth paring to the tablet device to access any of their phone’s data on the larger screen.

It’s RIM’s latest bid to keep pace with Apple, and not lose any more market share to the iPad. The Playbook is an answer to the iPad just as the BlackBerry Torch as an answer to the iPhone.

To mark the occassion of RIM’s launch of its first touch screen tablet, we’re looking back at the launch of its first touch screen phone – the BlackBerry Storm. It hit Canada in January 2009.

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