RIM’s first tablet (with new OS) may be announced next week
Expected to be called BlackPad (or maybe SurfBook?), RIM’s tablet will – as previously reported – not run BlackBerry OS. Instead, it will be based on a completely new operating system developed by QNX Software, a RIM subsidiary.
According to “people familiar” with RIM’s plans, the tablet will have a 7 inch display (just like Samsung’s Galaxy Tab). Other features should include at least one camera, Bluetooth and broadband connection – although users will be able to connect to a cellular network only with the help of a BlackBerry smartphone.
The tablet will likely not be sold with a cellular service, and it should be available as soon as the fourth quarter of this year.
The WSJ has made a tablet with some existing and yet-to-come tablets that RIM will have to compete with (weird enough, HTC, Motorola and LG aren’t mentioned, although they’ll all launch Android tablets soon):
Interestingly, it’s been reported that RIM may want to bring the QNX-made OS to BlackBerry smartphones, too – but I don’t think this will happen too soon (if ever).