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Day September 28, 2010

Forget the BlackPad, RIM throws out BlackBerry PlayBook at DevCon

Color me surprised. Even with the rumors that RIM was using a completely new OS in its forthcoming tablet, I was expecting to be underwhelmed. But a 7″ 1024 x 600 capacitive multi-touch LCD powered by a 1GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A9 with dual HD cameras running on BlackBerry Tablet OS — a quasi iOS/webOS hybrid developed by RIM’s recent acquisition QNX — all in a package less than 0.5″ inches thick and weighing under one pound is a hard thing not to get excited about.

Then again, RIM’s PlayBook is not set for release until early 2011. By then, Motorola, HTC, and HP will probably have similar offerings — and, of course, the iPad 2 will redefine the tablet space again, too. For RIM’s sake, I hope the PlayBook lives up to its hype. Official preview and press release after the break.