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Work smarter, play harder: Long View to begin carrying BlackBerry PlayBook tablet

CALGARY, Alberta (May 26, 2011) — They say all work and no play make Jack and Jill extremely dull people. But a combination of work and play using the world’s first professional-grade tablet? To put it bluntly . . . this slate can stimulate.

Effective May 24th, Long View Systems will be carrying the highly anticipated BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet from Research In Motion (RIM). Built to perform, the BlackBerry PlayBook helps change the way people work and play by combining indispensable features in a powerful, ultra-portable design. The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, with built-in Wi-Fi® connectivity, will be available from Long View in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models.

“We’ve heard some astonishing feedback about the BlackBerry PlayBook — about its multitasking capabilities, its ease of navigation, its cool features, its outstanding Flash performance, its superb multimedia,” says Kent MacDonald, Long View’s Vice-President of Business Development.

“We’re excited to be carrying this product,” adds MacDonald, “because it’s the tablet a lot of people have been waiting for.”

Measuring just 5.1” x 7.6” x 0.4” (130mm x 194 mm x 10mm), and weighing just 0.9 pounds (425 grams), the BlackBerry PlayBook brings portability to a whole new level. At the same time, it delivers industry-leading performance, uncompromised web browsing with support for Adobe® Flash® Player, true multitasking, HD multimedia, advanced security features, out-of-the-box enterprise support, and a robust development environment.

The BlackBerry PlayBook boasts a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, intuitive navigation, true simultaneous multitasking, GPS, and advantageous business apps that keep users one step ahead in the competitive corporate world.

The BlackBerry PlayBook offers full access to the web — not a scaled-down mobile version — for games, media, apps, and other rich content. In addition, BlackBerry® smartphone users can wirelessly connect to the PlayBook using BlackBerry® BridgeTM to access their BlackBerry e-mail, calendar, address book, task list, and BBMTM on the tablet’s large stunning display.

And the BlackBerry PlayBook also delivers a high-fidelity multimedia experience, with a 3MP 1080p HD forward-facing camera, a 5MP 1080p HD rear-facing camera, stereo speakers and microphones, and a micro HDMI port for 1080p playback.

BlackBerry PlayBook specifications

  • 7″ 1024×600 WSVGA capacitive LCD touch screen
  • Ultra-portable at less than a pound and less than one-half inch thick: 0.9 lbs (425g) and 5.1” x 7.6” x 0.4” (130mm x 194mm x 10mm)
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • BlackBerry® Tablet OS with support for symmetric multiprocessing
  • MP3, AAC and WMA audio playback
  • Support for high resolution video playback (H.264, MPEG4, WMV)
  • 1080p HDMI output
  • Dual 1080p HD cameras for video conferencing and video capture (3MP front and 5MP rear)
  • 1 GB RAM memory
  • Up to 64 GB internal storage (16, 32 and 64 GB models)
  • GPS, Orientation Sensor (Accelerometer), 6-Axis Motion Sensor (Gyroscope), Digital Compass (Magnetometer)
  • Stereo speakers and stereo microphones
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n) connectivity
  • Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR support

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ABOUT LONG VIEW SYSTEMS: Long View is one of the most powerful IT solutions and services companies in North America. With a clear focus on combining business and technology in key areas such as Cloud, data center infrastructure, user support, and IT outsourcing, Long View is able to customize and define what the future of IT looks like. Innovative, flexible, cost-effective, and business focused . . . that’s Long View.

The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited.

For more information:

Rachel Evans
Manager, Marketing and Communications
Long View
[email protected]

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