An iPad for the Suits: Pictures of the new Blackberry Tablet

Racing in where Apple has led, Blackberry Makers RIM have just realeased a Blackberry tablet, the PlayBook in shops from 2011.

Offering much of the functionality that the iPad lacks – dual cameras, flash support and a range of different connector ports it is packaged towards the businesspeople that make up Blackberry’s core audience. Still with the name and a promised great multimedia experience, and adverts featuring babies… it is obviously trying to go for the sexy and appealing experience too.

With a 7″ capacitive LCD screen, it’s a shave smaller than the iPad’s 9 inch one. It’s slimmer than the iPad too at 10mm to the iPad’s 13.4 mm and slightly lighter 400g to 680g.

Described a “professional-grade” computer it runs the same operating system as the Blackberry phone, and will share many of the phone’s apps, though Blackberry are keen to get developers making more specially for the PlayBook and released the API at the same time as the gadget last night.

Noticeably it will only work on Wifi to start with, not on the mobile internet 3g network, though Blackberry say they will release 3G and even 4G versions shortly.

Flick through our pictures below…

See more on the Blackberry Tablet site here

The 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 Q2 2011.

Anna Leach