RIM, maker of the Blackberry, announced its new tablet this week. The new device, named Playbook, will sport a 7” screen, 2 HD cameras (for video and pictures), 1 ghz processor, 1gb of RAM, and a support for 3G and 4G networks. Most notably the device will support Flash, something Apple adamantly refuses to do. The device should hit the U.S. in early 2011 and there are no pricing details yet. In fact there are no test models available yet either. RIM's entry into the tablet market is exciting for some and given their focus on problems that frustrate iPad users creates more buzz. However, keep in mind RIM's entry into the touchscreen phone market with the Storm has been an unmitigated disaster. So caution flags should accompany this announcement. Also, keep in mind by the time the Playbook actually launches Apple will have released version 2.0 of the iPad, which will have addressed many gaps in the 1.0 version. However, it is exciting to see the tablet market expanding.
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