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RIM announces BlackBerry Mini Keyboard for BlackBerry PlayBook

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Research In Motion (RIM) has announced BlackBerry Mini Keyboard for the BlackBerry PlayBook. This keyboard is ultra portable and comes  with a stylish convertible case that doubles as a stand for the tablet. It offers an integrated touchpad that allows users to navigate and control the BlackBerry PlayBook as easily as using the touch screen on the tablet.

Features of BlackBerry Mini Keyboard for PlayBook

  • The touchpad in the keyboard offers multi-touch controls and additional gestures including a single tap to simulate a mouse click, a two finger tap to right-click, and a two-finger up or down swipe to scroll vertically. It is lightweight, measuring less than 6mm thick.
  • The BlackBerry Mini Keyboard connects to the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet via Bluetooth, and features 128-bit encryption to keep the data passed between keyboard and tablet secure.
  • It uses the micro-USB charger that comes with the BlackBerry PlayBook and the keyboard battery lasts up to 30 days on a full charge.
  • It works with the new BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 Messages, Contacts and Calendar apps as well as Documents To Go, and provides an optimal user experience for third party apps such as Citrix Receiver, which allows users to remotely access their Windows desktop and apps from the tablet.

Here is the official demo of the BlackBerry Mini Keyboard and Citrix app.