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RIM's Playbook : The Hardware

Research in Motion's Blackberry Playbook is an impressive piece of kit that doesn't currently come with a price; it is without doubt, the most powerful tablet currently on the market, easily besting both the iPad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Its dimensions (130mm x 194mm x 10mm) and weight (400g) rival that of the Galaxy tab, (190mm x 120mm x 12mm - 380g). Indeed, the RIM Playbook is thinner than ALL the Blackberry handsets on the market.

We now know - based on the specs list published by RIM (opens in new tab) - that the device comes with an ARM-based 1GHz dual core processor, which most probably is fine-tuned version of the Armada 500 series, which is based on the Marvell Sheeva ARMv7 processor and is normally clocked at 1.2GHz.

It also comes with 1GB RAM, four times that of the iPad and twice that of the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

We're certain that it comes with built in 2D/3D hardware accelerated graphics (which incidentally Sheeva has) since it supports 1080p HD video, H.264, MPEG4, WMV, plus Flash 10.1 and HTML5 via the QNX RTOS.

Its 7-inch screen can display 1024x600 pixels, the same as the Galaxy tab and a higher pixel density compared to the iPad. The initial Playbook will not have any 3G connectivity but will come with 802.11bgn.

The rest of the configuration, based on the specs page and the photos, include a microUSB connector, micro-HDMI, a five-megapixel rear facing camera, a three-megapixel front facing one, a rather thick bezel plus out of the box compatibility with BBE and Blackberry OS.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.