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See Source at bottom for full review with more videos and pics

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This isn't just another new BlackBerry we're talking about here... the PlayBook is ALL new for RIM. Suffice to say, the way too long review will be coming once we log some real hours on it. But in the meantime, we still have a lot to say (hint: it's pretty awesome!!), so start reading!
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If you're not familiar with what the BlackBerry PlayBook is packing for heat, here's the quick recap of its key features and specs:

* 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 (Cortex A9 Processor), w/ GPU
* 1 GB RAM
* Memory: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions to be available
* 5300mAh battery
* 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:
* Measures 5.1"x7.6"x0.4" (130mm x 193mm x 10mm)
* 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.
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Unlike BlackBerry Smartphones where RIM has typically been a bit behind the ball in terms of technical specs, with the BlackBerry PlayBook they're much more positioned on the leading edge of hardware. The dual-core processor makes for a SNAPPY user experience.

RIM is really introducing two products with the PlayBook. A new operating system, and new hardware in a different sector. There's a lot of new-ness here. It definitely feels like they're doing the right things. The hardware has great specs and the operating system is fast and stable already which means it's only going to get better as it's refined and more and more features get added. It's a new race for BlackBerry, and with the PlayBook they've come out of the starting gate sprinting.

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Edited by Open1Your1Eyes0 - 1/5/11 at 9:25pm
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Press Release: BlackBerry 4G PlayBook Coming to the Sprint 4G Network this summer!


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Following up on our BlackBerry PlayBook review coverage, Sprint and RIM have officially announced that the BlackBerry 4G PlayBook will be available from Sprint this summer. I'm sure a lot of BlackBerry fans on Sprint will be excited for this one. The press release is below for full details.
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looks good but any news on pricing?
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Pricing hasn't been confirmed yet I believe. Apparently the 8gb, 16gb, and 32gb models will cost $400, $500, and $600 respectively.

Edit: Wrong, sorry about that. Looking forward to these, hopefully they'll have good pricing.
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Looks good. Of course, it's the apps that will matter most when you get down to it for most people.
    
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Pricing hasn't been confirmed yet I believe. Apparently the 8gb, 16gb, and 32gb models will cost $400, $500, and $600 respectively.
This pricing was actually a prior dismissed rumor. Also, RIM has chosen to drop the 8GB model and offer a 64GB model instead.
Edited by Open1Your1Eyes0 - 1/5/11 at 10:46pm
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Although I'm more looking forward to the Asus Eee slates coming soon, this is a bold move by RIM; breaking out the BB shell and going with the flow in the tablet market.
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