BlackBerry unveils PlayBook tablet

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion unveiled the PlayBook, a tablet computer, at a developer conference Monday.

The tablet market is so far dominated by Apple (AAPL, Fortune 500) and its popular iPad, but other tech companies are trying to cash in as well.

“Every successful professional has a great PlayBook,” said Mike Lazaridis, co-chief executive of RIM, at the BlackBerry Developer conference in San Francisco.

The PlayBook tablet features a 7-inch screen, Flash-capable video and a front and rear high-definition camera. It’s a thin tablet, at just 9.7 millimeters.

The tablet won’t use RIM’s newly launched BlackBerry 6 operating system. Instead, it’s built around a new platform from QNX Software Systems, which RIM (RIMM) acquired earlier this year.

Shares of RIM rose about 1% after hours Monday, but the stock is down nearly 30% this year due to concerns that the company is falling behind Apple as well as smartphone makers using Google’s (GOOG, Fortune 500) Android operating system.

Source: CNNMoney

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