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December 7, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Dive Into Mobile: BlackBerry PlayBook demo (updated w/video)

The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet was demonstrated at the Dive Into Mobile conference by Mike Lazaridis, president and co-chief executive of BlackBerry maker Research In Motion.

The touchscreen Web tablet with a new RIM operating system has a seven-inch diagonal screen, a 1 gigahertz processor and outputs 1080p video. It was first announced in September.

Lazaridis said the operating system the PlayBook is based upon is BlackBerry’s platform for “dual core” processors.

He said the tablet computer “is what mobile computing was all about,” and he doesn’t sound too intimidated by Apple’s lead with the iPad or other upcoming tablet devices aimed at business users.

“I would argue the PlayBook platform is the most sophisticated platform in the world right now,” he said.

The PlayBook will go on sale in the first quarter of 2011, just before Apple is expected to release the next version of the iPad.

Here’s a video of the presentation:

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