RIM's "Blackpad" Anticipated for Next Week
Next week is likely to bring with it the grand unveiling of Research in Motion's answer to the iPad. Next week, of course, isn't an arbitrary timeframe. From September 27-30 is RIM's BlackBerry Developer Conference - DevCon - which is scheduled to take place in San Francisco, California.
According to the Wall Street Journal, RIM will see its best opportunity to unveil the tablet, even if the product isn't yet ready for mass production. Those in the know tell the WSJ that the "Blackpad" will serve up a "seven-inch touch screen and one or two built-in cameras." A new OS developed by QNX will bump the BlackBerry 6 operating system out of the picture. The device will also deliver Bluetooth, broadband, and tethering with a BlackBerry smartphone.
The RIM tablet will likely be manufactured by Quanta Computer Inc. of Taiwan, and, based on the information obtained by the publication, will run on chips from Santa Clara, California-based Marvell Technology Group Inc. Naturally, RIM - much like Apple - won't comment on rumors ahead of the BlackBerry Developer Conference. But all signs (since July
) have pointed to a fall unveiling of the "Blackpad" and, potentially, a November market introduction.
Wall Street Journal