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RIM Announces New Tablet, Will Not Be Called ‘BlackPad’.

New Professional-Grade Tablet Delivers
Unmatched Power and Web Performance

San Francisco, CA – BlackBerry DEVCON 2010
Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today redefined the
possibilities for mobile computing with the unveiling of its new
professional-grade BlackBerry PlayBook tablet and BlackBerry
Tablet OS.

Perfect for either large organizations or an “army
of one”, the BlackBerry PlayBook is designed to give users what
they want, including uncompromised web browsing, true multitasking
and high performance multimedia, while also providing advanced
security features, out-of-the-box enterprise support and a
breakthrough development platform for IT departments and developers.
The incredibly powerful and innovative BlackBerry PlayBook is truly a
game-changing product in the growing tablet marketplace.

The Tablet You’ll Want to Take

This beautifully designed
and incredibly powerful tablet is ultra portable, ultra thin and
super convenient for both work and play. Measuring less than half an
inch thick and weighing less than a pound, the BlackBerry PlayBook
features a vivid 7” high resolution display that looks and feels
great in your hand. With such a unique mix of utility, performance
and portability, you’ll want to take it everywhere.

The New Benchmark in Tablet Performance
its heart, the BlackBerry PlayBook is a multitasking powerhouse. Its
groundbreaking performance is jointly fueled by a 1 GHz dual-core
processor and the new BlackBerry Tablet OS which supports true
symmetric multiprocessing. Together, the abundant processing power
and highly sophisticated OS enable the BlackBerry PlayBook to provide
users with true multitasking and a highly-responsive and fluid touch
screen experience for apps and content services.

Uncompromised Web Browsing
support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe Mobile AIR and
HTML-5, the BlackBerry PlayBook provides customers with an
uncompromised, high-fidelity web experience and offers them the
ability to enjoy all of the sites, games and media on the web. For
more than a decade, the mobile industry has worked to bridge the gap
between the “real web” and mobile devices through various apps
and technologies and, in fact, a significant number of mobile apps
today still simply serve as a proxy for web content that already
exists on the web. The BlackBerry PlayBook closes that gap and brings
the real, full web experience to mobile users while also opening new
and more exciting opportunities for developers and content

High Performance Multimedia
BlackBerry PlayBook features premium multimedia features to support
high-quality mobile experiences. It includes dual HD cameras for
video capture and video conferencing that can both record HD video at
the same time, and an HDMI-out port for presenting one’s creations on
external displays. The BlackBerry PlayBook also offers rich stereo
sound and a media player that rivals the best in the industry. 

BlackBerry Integration
those BlackBerry PlayBook users who carry a BlackBerry smartphone*,
it will also be possible to pair their tablet and smartphone using a
secure Bluetooth connection. This means they can opt to use the
larger tablet display to seamlessly and securely view any of the
email, BBM, calendar, tasks, documents and other content that
resides on (or is accessible through) their smartphone. They can also
use their tablet and smartphone interchangeably without worrying
about syncing or duplicating data. This secure integration of
BlackBerry tablets and smartphones is a particularly useful feature
for those business users who want to leave their laptop behind.

Enterprise Ready
to the seamless and secure Bluetooth pairing experience and the
highly secure underlying OS architecture, the BlackBerry PlayBook is
enterprise ready and compatible (out-of-the-box) with BlackBerry
Enterprise Server. When connected over Bluetooth, the smartphone
content is viewable on the tablet, but the content actually remains
stored on the BlackBerry smartphone and is only temporarily cached on
the tablet (and subject to IT policy controls). With this approach to
information security, IT departments can deploy the BlackBerry
PlayBook to employees out-of-the-box without worrying about all the
security and manageability issues that arise when corporate data is
stored on yet another device.

QNX Neutrino Reliability

BlackBerry Tablet OS is built upon the QNX Neutrino microkernel
architecture, one of the most reliable, secure and robust operating
system architectures in the world. Neutrino has been field hardened
for years and is being used to support mission-critical applications
in everything from planes, trains and automobiles to medical
equipment and the largest core routers that run the Internet. 
The new BlackBerry Tablet OS leverages and builds upon the many
proven strengths of this QNX Neutrino architecture to support a
professional grade tablet experience and to redefine the
possibilities for mobile computing.

An OS Built for Developers
Neutrino based microkernel architecture in the BlackBerry Tablet OS
delivers exceptional performance, high scalability, Common Criteria
EAL 4+ security, and support for industry standard tools that are
already familiar to hundreds of thousands of developers.  The OS
is fully POSIX compliant enabling easy portability of C-based code,
supports Open GL for 2D and 3D graphics intensive applications like
gaming, and will run applications built in Adobe Mobile AIR as
well as the new BlackBerry WebWorks app platform announced today
(which will allow apps to be written to run on BlackBerry PlayBook
tablets as well as BlackBerry smartphones with BlackBerry 6). The
BlackBerry Tablet OS will also support Java enabling developers to
easily bring their existing BlackBerry 6 Java applications to the
BlackBerry Tablet OS environment.

Key features and
specifications of the BlackBerry PlayBook include:

• 7” LCD, 1024 x 600, WSVGA, capacitive
touch screen with full multi-touch and gesture support
• BlackBerry
Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing
• 1
GHz dual-core processor
• 1 GB RAM
• Dual HD
cameras (3 MP front facing, 5 MP rear facing), supports 1080p HD
video recording 
• Video playback: 1080p HD Video,
H.264, MPEG, DivX, WMV
• Audio playback: MP3, AAC, WMA
• HDMI video output
• Wi-Fi – 802.11 a/b/g/n
• Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
• Connectors: microHDMI,
microUSB, charging contacts
• Open, flexible application
platform with support for WebKit/HTML-5, Adobe Flash Player 10.1,
Adobe Mobile AIR, Adobe Reader, POSIX, OpenGL, Java
• Ultra
thin and portable:
o Measures 5.1”x7.6”x0.4” (130mm x
193mm x 10mm)
o Weighs less than a pound (approximately 0.9
lb or 400g)
• Additional features and specifications of the
BlackBerry PlayBook will be shared on or before the date this product
is launched in retail outlets.
• RIM intends to also offer
3G and 4G models in the future.

BlackBerry PlayBook is expected to be available in retail outlets and
other channels in the United States in early 2011 with rollouts in
other international markets beginning in (calendar) Q2.

RIM will begin working with developers and select
corporate customers next month to begin development and early testing

The BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK is planned for release
in the coming weeks and developers can register for early access atwww.blackberry.com/developers/tabletos.

For more information, visit www.blackberry.com/playbook.

*Bluetooth support required.

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