RIM’s first tablet (with new OS) may be announced next week

Research in Motion will host a developer conference in San Francisco next week, where, according to the Wall Street Journal, the Canadian company could finally unveil its first tablet.

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).

Author: Florin

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