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Report: RIM Prepping A Tablet Device For Nov.

by Sean P. Aune | July 31, 2010July 31, 2010 8:00 am PST

The rumors of a tablet coming from Research In Motion (RIM), the company behind the BlackBerry phones, has been circulating for some time now, but as the holiday shopping season quickly approaches, the rumors are picking up even more speed.  This week a possible name was discovered, and more potential features that leave us ith a ton of questions about just how successful this device could be.

blackberry tourEarlier this week it was discovered that a domain name for BlackPad.com had been registered with all the evidence pointing to it belonging to RIM.  While this may just be a potential name, a vanity domain to sit on or the final choice is unknown at this time.

According to Bloomberg’s sources, RIM is aiming to release some sort of tablet that will come out this Nov., and will be clearly targeted at the iPad as it will have a similar 9.7-inch screen.  The device is said to have both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but no 3G as the plan is for you to connect the tablet to your BlackBerry phone via Bluetooth to get on the Internet when you’re mobile.

While this decision will save a bit of money in the purchase price of the tablet, it is going to somewhat limit the potential market for buyers.  If you have an Android or iPhone, the tablet will be limited to using only Wi-Fi, so why would any of those phone users pick the BlackPad over another tablet that does have potential 3G?

It is also said that the device will have both front and rear cameras, but the big input question will be the keyboard.  RIM is known for physical keyboards, although they have done a couple of on-screen keyboards, it just isn’t their strength, and using a physical one on a device of this size would not be a popular decision.

It’s difficult to know how this device will do, but with the odd connection issues, the unknown keyboard factor and nowhere as many applications as the iOS platform, it will have a long road ahead of it to find success.

What say you?  Are you ready for a BlackBerry inspired tablet?


Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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