Previously popular as the Blackpad, BlackBerry maker Research in Motion unveiled a touchscreen tablet computer on Monday called “PlayBook” aimed at business users.
“It is the world’s first professional tablet,” RIM president and co-chief executive Mike Lazaridis said as he showed off the device at an RIM event in San Francisco.
The PlayBook is one of a number of tablet computers slated for release in a bid to challenge Apple’s popular iPad and is the first foray outside the mobile phone realm for the Waterloo, Ontario-based RIM.
The PlayBook has a seven-inch (17.8-centimeter) touchscreen, smaller than the 9.7 inches of Apple’s iPad, and also plays Adobe Flash video software, which is banned from the Apple device.
“You are going to be able to get the full Web experience,” Lazaridis said, stressing its integration with RIM’s BlackBerry smartphone, a favorite among many professionals.
BlackBerry smartphone users can pair their handset with the PlayBook using a Bluetooth connection to view their email, calendar, documents or other content.
The PlayBook also features front- and rear-facing cameras to support video conferencing and allows multi-tasking between programs.
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