San Francisco – BlackBerry smartphone maker Research in
Motion (RIM) (NASD: RIMM) on Monday introduced a new tablet computer, the BlackBerry
PlayBook, and complementary BlackBerry Tablet operating system. Targeted at
business professionals, the PlayBook sports a 7-inch screen, dual HD cameras,
Wi-Fi and support for Adobe’s Flash.
The device was built upon operating system
technology acquired by RIM from QNX.
RIM has created a complementary
advertising service that supports a number of leading ad networks, and said
that developers will be able to integrate the BlackBerry messaging service
within multiplayer game and location-based service apps.
No pricing details
were announced for the PlayBook, which is expected to be introduced in the U.S.
in early 2011, before distribution expands internationally in the second
(DMW previous coverage)