RIM CEO Says Tablet Software Headed To BlackBerries

RIM's co-CEO Mike Lazaridis recently spoke about his company's plans to use the QNX operating system in the company's smartphones. QNX is built for multi-core CPUs and will be used on the company's upcoming PlayBook tablet.

"By focusing on the tablet market, we see an opportunity to free where the smartphone can go. When we have multi-core processors across the board, they'll all be running the PlayBook platform," Lazaridis said. He hasn't confirmed when multi-core processors will power RIM's smartphones.

The BlackBerry PlayBook is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2011 for under $500. In an obvious dig at Apple's iPad, Lazaridis also touted the Flash compatibility of the PlayBook saying, "We're all using Flash ... why wouldn't we expect our tablets to run Flash?"

The BlackBerry PlayBook features a 1GHz dual-core processor and 1GB RAM. It will have a 7-inch LCD that supports a resolution of 1024 x 600 with full multi-touch and gesture support.