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January 7, 2011 at 10:51 AM

CES 2011: Video of the new BlackBerry Playbook tablet in action

LAS VEGAS — BlackBerry is making a Wi-Fi and 4G tablet called the PlayBook that will be available in the first quarter of this year.

The Consumer Electronics Show has been flooded with tablet devices, but most are intended to run Google’s Android Honeycomb operating system, which is not yet available.

BlackBerry, made by Research In Motion, has a tablet that runs on its own operating system, and is billing it the “first professional tablet.” The device has a 7-inch screen, weighs 0.9 pounds and has the thickness of a CD jewel case. It also features two cameras and the ability to play and record 1080p high-def video. It has a 1 gigahertz processor, 1 gigabyte of RAM and will be available with 16 GB, 32GB or 64 GB of storage.

The first one that comes out will run on Wi-Fi, and Sprint said Tuesday it will sell a 4G version this year.

The company has not disclosed pricing yet, but says it will be competitive with other tablets.

Here is a video demo of the Playbook with Rama Zomaletho, a territory manager with Research In Motion, which makes the BlackBerry.

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